Medical Billing and Coding Salary in Montana
- 980 Number of Medical Billing and Coding Employees in Montana
- $31,800 Average Medical Billing and Coding Salary in Montana
- $47,010 90th Percentile Salary
- $21,000 10th Percentile Salary
Salary Averages in Mountain Region
Employment prospects are a bit better in Montana than they are nationwide. Unemployment for the state was at 6.3% as of May 2012, compared to 8.2% nationally, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Montana saw minimal employment growth from May 2011 to May 2012, increasing 1%. The greatest growth was in the area of construction, which grew 15% during that time period. Education and health services was on par with growth statewide with an increase of 0.9%, though employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to grow by 21% nationwide through 2020, according to the BLS, buoyed by an aging population that is expected to demand more medical tests and procedures.
Salaries for medical billers and coders in Montana are less than the national average for the profession. According to the BLS, the national mean annual wage for medical records and health information technicians was $35,920 as of May 2011, compared to $31,800 for those in Montana.
Those looking for the best employment opportunities are encouraged to seek medical coding certification. According to the BLS, most employers prefer to hire medical records and health information technicians with professional certification. This is available through the AAPC, which offers a certification exam. Many online programs in medical billing and coding prepare students for this exam and some even include the option of taking it at the end of the program.