Medical Billing and Coding Salary in Utah
- 1,860 Number of Medical Billing and Coding Employees in Utah
- $30,810 Average Medical Billing and Coding Salary in Utah
- $46,630 90th Percentile Salary
- $20,450 10th Percentile Salary
Salary Averages in Mountain Region
Utah is faring slightly better than the country at large when it comes to employment prospects. As of May 2012, the unemployment rate is 6.0%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, compared to 8.2% nationwide. Overall nonfarm employment was also up 2.4% in May 2012 compared to the same time last year. The mining and logging industry saw the biggest growth during this time, up 9.6%.
The education and health services in particular has remained pretty stable in Utah, growing 1.1% from May 2011 to May 2012. The medical records and health information technician industry is expected to increase overall, growing 21% through 2020, according to the BLS. This growth is anticipated due to the aging population, which will demand more medical tests, treatments, and procedures, meaning more insurance claims to process. Medical billers and coders can expect to make less in Utah than other parts of the country, as the average annual salary in the state is about $2,000 less than the national average. For state salary information, refer to the figures provided by the BLS to follow.
According to the BLS, most employers prefer to hire medical records and health information technicians with professional certification. Medical billing and coding certification is available through the AAPC, and requires passage of an exam. An online program in medical billing and coding can prepare students for this exam, and may even provide the opportunity for students to take it at the end of the program.