What Will Your ASC Pay Its Coders in 2012?

Coder salaries increased on average in 2011, with the average wage for a certified professional coder jumping from $45,400-$46,800 since 2010. This increase could mean higher staffing costs or outsourcing expenses for already cash-strapped surgery centers, especially those that rely on self-employed consultants. Here are 16 statistics on coder salaries in 2011, based on data from AAPC's Salary Survey 2011.

Average salaries by region

Pacific: $53,334
Mountain: $44,330
West North Central: $41,848
East North Central: $42,434
New England: $47,852
Mid Atlantic: $47,508
East South Central: $39,830
South Atlantic: $43,906
West South Central: $43,919

Average salaries by employer

Solo practice: $39,920
Small group (2-10 providers): $41,700
Medium group (11-49 providers): $41,200
Large group (50 or more providers): $44,900
Hospital (outpatient): $43,800
Hospital (inpatient): $47,700
Self-employed: $69,150

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