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What does a Hospital Coder do?

(Medical Records & Health Information Tech)

Hospital Coders organize and manage patient records in a hospital setting. Numeric codes are assigned to patient procedures and categorized. Coders have to follow medical confidentiality requirements

Typical duties of a Hospital-Based Coder generally include but are not limited to:

  • To properly classify medical data from patient records
  • Review patient records
  • Assign numeric codes for each diagnosis and procedure


What kind of income will I earn?

Income is based on a variety of factors, geographic location, experience, longevity and employer salary bases. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that Medical Records and Health Information Technicians can earn between $21,240 and $53,430 a year with an average of $39,340. If you choose full time employment you will qualify for a variety of benefits packages that may be supplied by your employer.

You can be on your way to a new career in as little as 1 year with an education from the Online Division at Mildred Elley.