Medical Billing and Coding Salary in Missouri
- 3,330 Number of Medical Billing and Coding Employees in Missouri
- $34,320 Average Medical Billing and Coding Salary in Missouri
- $52,730 90th Percentile Salary
- $21,310 10th Percentile Salary
Salary Averages in West North Central Region
Employment growth has been stagnant in Missouri this past year. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), total nonfarm employment did not grow from May 2011 to May 2012. Some sectors, however, did see some growth, including professional and business services (4.5%), and education and health services (2.6%).
The Missouri medical billing and coding field in particular is expected to grow at a much faster rate. The BLS projects that employment of medical records and health information technicians will grow 21% nationwide through 2020, fueled by an increased demand in medical tests, treatments, and procedures by an aging population. Nationally, the average annual salary for medical records and health information technicians is also $35,920, though workers in Missouri can expect to earn slightly less on average.
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.