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Medical Billing and Coding Jobs in Pennsylvania

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

Albert Einstein Medical Center

  • Address: 5501 Old York Road, Philadelphia, PA 19141
  • Phone Number: 215-456-7890
  • Website: www.einstein.edu

AEMC employs about 7,200 people, including 1,200 staff and voluntary physicians. The center offers behavioral health services, geriatric care, heart care, kidney and liver treatment and transplants, neurosurgery, orthopedics, and women’s and children’s services. Employee benefits include five health insurance plans to choose from, prescription coverage, dental, vision and life insurance, long- and short-term disability, healthcare and dependent care reimbursement accounts, and paid time off.

Allied Rehab Hospital

Founded in the early 1960s, Allied has more than 3,200 employees and volunteers servicing a population of 5,000. Among their specialties are oncology, spinal cord injury, stroke, neurology, amputations, and cancer treatment. Benefits at Allied include paid time off, retirement options, health, dental, vision and life insurance, dependent care spending, and other perks.

Hanover Hospital

  • Address: 300 Highland Avenue, Hanover, Pennsylvania 17331
  • Phone Number: 717-637-3711
  • Website: www.hanoverhospital.org

Founded in 1926, Hanover Hospital is part of Hanover HealthCare Plus, a large network that employs hundreds of medical professionals in several locations. Services at HH include cancer care, acute rehab, family health, emergency services, heart and vascular, imaging, occupational health, a sleep lab, surgical services, women’s health, and more. The perks of working for Hanover Hospital include paid holidays, generous retirement options with employer match, medical, vision, dental and life insurance, paid time off, and other benefits.

Medical Billing and Coding Salary in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has the sixth-largest state economy with a Gross State Product of $569.7 billion and a civilian labor force that was more than 6.3 million strong in 2010, according to the Pennsylvania State Data Center. That same year, healthcare and social assistance was the largest industry employer with 889,549 employees, and more than 7,000 of them were medical billing and coding employees.

As of 2012, there are 7,490 medical billing and coding employees in Pennsylvania, a slightly higher number than in 2010. This figure, and those from the following list, are all from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Along with completing an traditional or online training program, medical billers and coders can build their credentials by earning a professional certification. Many choose to do this through the American Academy of Professional Coders, the largest association for medical coding training and certification in the United States. Medical coding certifications offered by the AAPC include the CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CIRCC, and Specialty. These types of certifications can be earned by passing an examination issued by the AAPC. To qualify to sit for the certification examination, one will need to meet requirements pertaining to education, work experience, and association membership. Some online medical billing and coding programs prepare students for a certification examination and may even allow them to sit for one during the program.

Top Cities in Pennsylvania for Medical Billing and Coding Careers

Listed below, compiled with information from the BLS, are the top cities for medical billing and coding employment in Pennsylvania.

  1. Philadelphia, PA

    One-quarter of medical billers and coders in Pennsylvania work in Philadelphia. According to the BLS, the 2,000 workers make an average of $18.98 hourly and $39,470, highest in the state and $5,160 annually more than the state averages. The highest 10% of workers earn $57,550 annually and the lowest 10% make $25,800 annually.

  2. Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

    In the Harrisburg-Carlisle metropolitan area there are about 590 medical billers and coders the BLS reported. The average worker makes $16.52 hourly and $34,370 annually, which is above state and national averages. The tenth percentile wage is $20,570 annually and the ninetieth percentile wage is $54,120 annually, among the highest in the state.

  3. Pittsburgh, PA

    The second-highest number of medical billers and coders in the state can be found working in Pittsburgh, 1,820 employees account for about 22% of the state total. In this city, workers make an average of $15.86 hourly and $32,980 annually, according to the BLS. The lowest tenth of wages is $21,470 annually and the highest tenth is $48,160 annually.

  4. Altoona, PA

    In Altoona, there are about 100 medical billers and coders who make an average of $15.44 hourly and $32,110 annually. The BLS reported that the top and bottom wage brackets are at $47,250 annually and $19,220 annually, respectively.

  5. Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

    The Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton metropolitan area employs approximately 470 medical billers and coders, as reported by the BLS. The average worker in this area makes $17.46 per hour and $36,310 per year. The tenth percentile wage is $23,000 annually and the ninetieth percentile wage is $42,870 annually.

  6. York-Hanover, PA

    The BLS reported there are around 180 medical billers and coders in the York-Hanover metropolitan area. The average hourly wage is $16.00 and the average annual wage is $33,280. The annual tenth percentile wage is $21,350 and the annual ninetieth percentile wage is $52,340.

  7. Scranton–Wilkes-Barre, PA

    In the Scranton–Wilkes-Barre metropolitan area, there are about 450 medical billers and coders who make an average hourly wage of $14.74 and an average annual wage of $30,660. According to the BLS, those in the top 10% make $47,190 per year while those in the 10% make $20,040 per year.

  8. Lancaster, PA

    The 270 medical billers and coders in Lancaster make an average of $14.98 hourly and $31,160 annually, reported the BLS. The top 10% of workers make $45,500 annually while the bottom 10% of workers make $20,660 annually, just above national and state averages.

  9. Reading, PA

    There are approximately 190 medical billers and coders in Reading, according to the BLS. The average worker makes $15.56 hourly and $32,370 annually. The lowest 10% make $20,860 annually while the highest 10% make $51,450 annually.

  10. Lebanon, PA

    In Lebanon, there are about 80 medical billers and coders who make an average of $14.39 per hour and $29,940 per year. According to the BLS, the annual tenth percentile wage is $18,720 and the annual ninetieth percentile wage is $47,260.