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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

29-2072 Medical Records Specialists

Compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the healthcare system. Classify medical and healthcare concepts, including diagnosis, procedures, medical services, and equipment, into the healthcare industry’s numerical coding system. Includes medical coders. Excludes “Health Information Technologists and Medical Registrars” (29-9021) and “File Clerks” (43-4071).


National estimates for Medical Records Specialists
Industry profile for Medical Records Specialists
Geographic profile for Medical Records Specialists

National estimates for Medical Records Specialists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Medical Records Specialists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
180,570 1.5 % $ 23.23 $ 48,310 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Medical Records Specialists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.15 $ 17.75 $ 22.43 $ 28.43 $ 35.67
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,430 $ 36,930 $ 46,660 $ 59,120 $ 74,200


Industry profile for Medical Records Specialists:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Medical Records Specialists are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Medical Records Specialists, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Medical Records Specialists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 49,610 0.89 $ 24.58 $ 51,120
Offices of Physicians 35,410 1.31 $ 19.49 $ 40,540
Management of Companies and Enterprises 16,210 0.64 $ 26.58 $ 55,290
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 9,280 0.92 $ 23.19 $ 48,240
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 8,450 0.60 $ 20.39 $ 42,410

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Medical Records Specialists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 35,410 1.31 $ 19.49 $ 40,540
Office Administrative Services 6,160 1.27 $ 23.73 $ 49,360
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 9,280 0.92 $ 23.19 $ 48,240
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 49,610 0.89 $ 24.58 $ 51,120
Outpatient Care Centers 7,010 0.71 $ 22.95 $ 47,730

Top paying industries for Medical Records Specialists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Insurance Carriers 3,540 0.29 $ 30.85 $ 64,170
Scientific Research and Development Services 640 0.08 $ 29.37 $ 61,080
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses (8) (8) $ 28.47 $ 59,210
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (8) (8) $ 28.27 $ 58,800
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,480 0.22 $ 27.66 $ 57,530


Geographic profile for Medical Records Specialists:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Medical Records Specialists are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Medical Records Specialists, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of medical records specialists by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Medical Records Specialists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 20,540 1.68 1.31 $ 21.38 $ 44,470
California 18,580 1.12 0.88 $ 27.86 $ 57,950
Florida 15,370 1.79 1.39 $ 21.60 $ 44,930
Ohio 7,990 1.54 1.20 $ 22.28 $ 46,340
New York 7,340 0.85 0.66 $ 26.61 $ 55,350


Map of location quotient of medical records specialists by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Medical Records Specialists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,410 4.76 3.71 $ 26.22 $ 54,540
South Dakota 1,110 2.62 2.05 $ 22.68 $ 47,160
Kentucky 4,260 2.31 1.81 $ 20.86 $ 43,390
West Virginia 1,450 2.20 1.72 $ 19.83 $ 41,250
Mississippi 2,060 1.87 1.46 $ 18.27 $ 37,990


Map of annual mean wages of medical records specialists by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Medical Records Specialists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 1,090 0.28 0.22 $ 32.28 $ 67,130
District of Columbia 270 0.41 0.32 $ 30.42 $ 63,270
Massachusetts 3,160 0.93 0.73 $ 28.34 $ 58,950
California 18,580 1.12 0.88 $ 27.86 $ 57,950
Connecticut 1,230 0.78 0.61 $ 27.64 $ 57,480



Map of employment of medical records specialists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Medical Records Specialists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6,450 1.13 0.88 $ 27.55 $ 57,310
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 6,240 1.74 1.36 $ 22.56 $ 46,920
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 5,270 0.61 0.47 $ 29.31 $ 60,960
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,890 1.69 1.32 $ 22.71 $ 47,240
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,900 1.59 1.24 $ 21.71 $ 45,170
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,290 0.78 0.61 $ 24.64 $ 51,240
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,850 1.34 1.05 $ 21.46 $ 44,640
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,750 1.51 1.18 $ 27.77 $ 57,760
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,700 1.02 0.79 $ 26.36 $ 54,820
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,690 0.92 0.71 $ 28.23 $ 58,710


Map of location quotient of medical records specialists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Medical Records Specialists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fairbanks, AK 210 6.13 4.78 $ 24.80 $ 51,580
Anchorage, AK 940 5.84 4.55 $ 26.37 $ 54,850
Athens-Clarke County, GA 350 4.05 3.16 $ 21.23 $ 44,150
Greenville, NC 280 3.68 2.87 $ 21.62 $ 44,970
Iowa City, IA 310 3.60 2.81 $ 26.54 $ 55,190
Jackson, TN 240 3.58 2.79 $ 19.64 $ 40,850
Sioux Falls, SD 540 3.45 2.69 $ 24.08 $ 50,090
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 400 3.21 2.50 $ 21.74 $ 45,230
Hattiesburg, MS 190 3.17 2.47 $ 17.02 $ 35,400
Roanoke, VA 440 3.05 2.38 $ 21.45 $ 44,610