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Medical Billing and Coding Jobs in Illinois

Three significant employers of medical billing and coding professionals in Illinois are:

Alton Memorial Hospital

Alton Memorial was the dream of Alice E. Smith, who founded the Illinois Glass Company in Alton. Alice’s two daughters, Eunice and Ellen, made their mother’s dream a reality in 1936, founding Alton Memorial five years after Alice passed away in 1931. The hospital’s services include outpatient surgery and testing, rehabilitation and sports medicine, pain management, gastroenterology, women’s health services, and several health education and wellness programs. In addition to insurance, paid time off, and other benefits, Alton offers tuition assistance to employees who work 30 or more hours per pay period.

Central DuPage Hospital

  • Address: 25 North Winfield Road, Winfield, IL 60190
  • Email Address: Click here to access the contact form.
  • Phone Number: (630) 933-1600
  • Website: www.cadencehealth.org

Central DuPage opened in 1964 with 113 beds and 66 physicians. Today, it has 313 beds and employs more than 900 physicians. Its specialties include cardiovascular care, children’s health, neuroscience, oncology, orthopedics, and pediatrics. The benefits of working at Central DuPage include education assistance, health insurance, paid time off, and retirement options.

Decatur Memorial Hospital

  • Address: 2300 N. Edward Street, Decatur, Illinois 62526
  • Email Address: jmoore@dmhhs.org
  • Phone Number: (217) 876-8121
  • Website: www.dmhhs.com

Decatur Memorial opened on June 1, 1916. Since then it has grown to employ almost 300 physicians among nearly 2,500 employees. Its various institutes include centers for cancer, heart and lung treatment, allergy treatment, head and neck treatment, a family birth center, and a women’s health and breast center. Benefits include a PPO or HDP plan, prescription drug benefits, reduced inpatient and outpatient expenses, COBRA coverage, continuing education assistance, and health savings accounts.

Medical Billing and Coding Salary in Illinois

Though the unemployment rate in Illinois was at a high 9.7% in December of 2011, it is now on the decline, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports. After decreasing a steady amount, it was reported to be at a lower 8.6% in May of 2012. This is good news for unemployed Illinois medical billing and coding professionals, as job availability on the whole may be increasing.

In particular, education and healthcare jobs began to decline from December 2011 to April 2012, but as of May 2012, job availability is increasing once again. In fact, Illinois still employs nearly 8,000 medical billers and coders. For a better idea of the employment situation for Illinois medical billers and coders, refer to the list below, which is derived from the BLS.

In Illinois, the best job opportunities are awarded to certified medical billers and coders. To earn certification, medical billing and coding professionals must sit for the AAPC medical coding certification examination. Many medical billing and coding programs prepare students for this exam by teaching them the coding languages and running them through simulated coding and billing procedures. Such programs can be taken online or in traditional format, and some even allow enrolled students to take the certification exam prior to graduating.

Top Cities in Illinois for Medical Billing and Coding Careers

Provided below is a list of the top cities that employ medical billers and coders in Illinois. It is derived from the BLS.

  1. Decatur, IL

    Medical billers and coders in Decatur earn an hourly wage of $16.74 or an annual wage of $34,820 on average. The bottom 10% of workers earns $21,110, and the top 10% earns $55,450.

  2. Lake County – Kenosha County, IL – WI Metropolitan Division

    This area has a total of 290 medical billing and coding employees. It pays its workers $17.85 an hour or $37,130 a year on average. The top 10% of medical billers and coders earns $24,380, while the bottom 10% earns $54,920 annually, on average.

  3. Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division

    This area employs a high number of medical billing and coding professionals — 5,310. They earn an average hourly rate of $17.70 or an average annual rate of $36,810. The top 10% of billers and coders in this area earns $56,920, while the bottom 10% earns $24,220.

  4. Chicago – Joliet – Naperville, IL – IN – WI

    This region employs the highest number of medical billers and coders on this list: 6,060. Average pay is $17.61 per hour or $36,620 per year, which is more than most in this list. The bottom 10% earns $24,040, while the top 10% earns $56,480.

  5. Champaign – Urbana, IL

    There are only 190 medical billers and coders in this area of Illinois, but the top 10% of these employees earns $55,840. The bottom 10% rate is $21,100. Hourly wages average at $16.45 and annual wages average at $34,210.

  6. Rockford, IL

    Among the 200 billers and coders employed in Rockford, the top 10% earns $52,210, while the bottom 10% makes $26,120. The average salary is $17.73 hourly or $36,870 annually.

  7. St. Louis, MO – IL

    St. Louis is home to 1,670 billers and coders, which is the third highest on this list. However, the average hourly salary rate is $16.82 and the average yearly salary rate is $34,980. The bottom 10% earns $22,280, and the top 10% earns $52,310.

  8. Bloomington – Normal, IL

    There are only 60 medical billers and coders in this area, but the top 10% of these employees earns $46,200 annually. The bottom 10% salary rate is $25,450. In addition, the average pay for this area is $16.93 an hour or $35,220 annually.

  9. Springfield, IL

    Springfield employs 160 medical billers and coders, the top 10% of whom earns $47,450 annually. The average salary is $35,930 annually or $17.28 an hour. The bottom 10% of coders in this area earns $21,480.

  10. Northwest Illinois non-metro area

    The 130 employees in this area earn a mean salary of $33,320 or $16.02 per hour. The bottom 10% of coders earns $22,300 and the top 10% makes $49,310 per year.