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Medical Billing and Coding Jobs in Missouri

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

Barnes Jewish Hospital

  • Address: One Barnes-Jewish Hospital Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63110
  • Email Address: Click here to access the hospital’s contact page.
  • Phone Number: 314-747-3000
  • Website: www.barnesjewish.org

BJH is the largest hospital in Missouri and the largest private employer in the St. Louis region. Services include heart and vascular care, lung care, transplant services, orthopedics, neurology, trauma care, and more. Employee benefits at BJH include medical, dental and vision coverage, a pharmacy program, flexible spending accounts, life and AD&D coverage, disability, and a 401(k)/403(b) retirement savings plan.

Boone Hospital Center

  • Address: 1600 East Broadway, Columbia, Missouri 65201
  • Email Address: Click here for the hospital’s contact form.
  • Phone Number: 573-815-8000
  • Website: www.boone.org

Boone has 397 beds, treating patients from 25 surrounding counties and employs more than 2,000 staff, including 350 physicians on its medical staff. Specialties include neurology, cardiology, oncology, obstetrics, and surgical services. Employee benefits at Boone include 401(k) and 403(b) plans, a pension, medical and dental benefits, vision coverage, life and AD&D, long-term disability, adoption assistance, tuition assistance, and more.

Jefferson Regional Medical Center

  • Address: 1400 Highway 61 South, Festus, MO 63028
  • Email Address: info@jhsmo.com
  • Phone Number: 636-933-1000
  • Website: www.jeffersonmemorial.org

Since opening its doors in 1956, Jefferson Regional has expanded to include a sleep lab in 1999, a pain management program in 2000, a women’s health center in 2001, and a heart and vascular center in 2003. The benefits at Jefferson Regional include medical coverage through the HealthLink Open Access network, dental and vision plans, disability, paid time off, a variety of retirement options, extended illness benefits, and more.

Medical Billing and Coding Salary in Missouri

Overall, the unemployment rate in Missouri has remained stable, at just below 4% between March 2017 and August 2017. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), total nonfarm employment grew slightly between September 2016 and September 2017, while the education and health services sector grew 1.6% over the past year.

The BLS projects that employment of medical records and health information technicians will grow 15% nationwide through 2024, fueled by an increased demand in medical tests, treatments, and procedures by an aging population. Nationally, the median annual salary for medical records and health information technicians is around $38,040, though workers in Missouri can expect to earn slightly more on average (around $40,920).

Traditional and online medical billing and coding programs often prepare students to take a certification exam offered through the AAPC, the largest professional organization in the U.S. for medical coders. Some programs may even culminate in students taking this certification exam, so that when they enter the field, they are already professionally certified. This is an important step to remaining competitive and desirable in the field, as most employers prefer to hire medical records and health information technicians with professional certification, according to the BLS.

Top Cities in Missouri for Medical Billing and Coding Careers

Below is a list of the top Missouri cities that employ medical billers and coders. Information is derived from the BLS.

  1. Jefferson City, MO

    Coders in Jefferson City earn an average of $19.48 per hour, which is the equivalent of $40,510 annual salary.

  2. St. Louis, MO-IL

    There are 2,410 medical billers and coders in St. Louis, according to the BLS. The average worker earns $42,300 in a year, or $20.34 per hour.

  3. Kansas City, MO-KS

    The 1,870 coders in Kansas City earn an average of $19.62 per hour, which is the equivalent of $40,820 annual salary.

  4. Springfield, MO

    Springfield has 420 billers and coders that earn an average of $18.11 per hour, according to the BLS. This translates to $37,670 in annual salary.

  5. Columbia, MO

    There are 200 medical billers and coders in Columbia, according to the BLS. The average worker in Columbia earns $43,110 in a year, or $20.73 per hour.

  6. St. Joseph, MO-KS

    St. Joseph has 110 billers and coders that earn an average of $18.13 per hour, according to the BLS. This translates to $37,710 in annual salary.

  7. Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

    Cape Girardeau has 70 billers and coders that earn an average of $16.49 per hour, according to the BLS. This translates to $34,300 in annual salary.

  8. Joplin, MO

    For the 70 medical billers and coders in Joplin, the average hourly wage is $16.71 and the average yearly salary is $34,760, according to the BLS.