How Much You Can Make with a Degree in Health Information Management

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How Much You Can Make with a Degree in Health Information Management

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Herzing Staff
May 17, 2019

Earning an associate or bachelor degree in health information management equips you with the knowledge and skills to thrive in a variety of healthcare careers, from medical coding to healthcare management.

Which degree path is best for you? That depends on your goals. Below, we’ve put together a list of the most common careers in health information management below so you can see a range of what you can expect for salary in each position. On average, HIM professionals in these careers earn $64,767 per year and $31.14 per hour. Your average starting wage will depend on the level of degree you’ve attained, your prior experience in the industry and your state of employment.

Medical Records and Health Information Technician

How much you can make: Medical records or health information technicians earn a median salary of $40,350. The top 10 percent of technicians earn more than $66,260 and the bottom 10 percent earn $26,550, according to BLS data.

Top 5 paying states for medical records & health information technicians
StatePer yearPer hour
New Jersey$54,020$25.97
District of Columbia$53,430$25.69
California$51,880$24.94
Connecticut$51,400$24.71
Hawaii$50,940$24.49
Find estimates in your state of employment from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What you’ll do: It’s your job to ensure patient data and information is recorded and catalogued correctly – all in compliance with billing and coding standards of practice and healthcare industry regulations. Job titles include medical records technician, health information technician, medical coder and cancer registrar.

What degree you’ll need: Some roles may require an associate degree in HIM. If you want to be ready to enter the job market as soon as possible, you can earn your diploma in medical coding or billing and insurance in 12 months or less.

Health Educator

How much you can make: Health educators earn a median salary of $54,220. The top 10 percent in this field earn more than $98,530 and the bottom 10 percent earn $32,030, according to BLS data.

Top 5 paying states for health educators
StatePer yearPer hour
Georgia$85,440$41.08
California$65,000$31.25
New York$57,010$27.41
Texas$54,580$26.24
Florida$54,520$26.21
Find estimates in your state of employment from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What you’ll do: Your role as a health educator depends quite a bit on where you work. Health educators can work for a healthcare facility, nonprofit, business, college or public health department. Part of your job may be to educate your community about wellness and disease prevention, or to provide training and education for community health workers. Potential job titles include health educator, health education specialist, or “teacher” if you teach health classes in middle school or high school.

What degree you’ll need: A bachelor’s degree in HIM or a related healthcare field is required for health educator positions. Some employers also require you to earn your Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credential.

Medical and Health Service Manager

How much you can make: On average, medical and health services managers earn a median salary of $99,730. The top 10 percent earn more than $182,600 and the bottom 10 percent earn $58,680, according to BLS data.

Top 5 paying states for medical and health service managers
StatePer yearPer hour
District of Columbia$145,760$70.08
New York$143,030$68.77
Massachusetts$133,900$64.37
Delaware$131,260$63.11
Connecticut$129,480$62.25
Find estimates in your state of employment from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What you’ll do: You’ll coordinate health services and execute high-level strategy for hospitals, clinics, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers or other organizations. Job titles include nursing home administrator, clinical manager, health information manager, HIM director and HIM supervisor.

What degree you’ll need: A bachelor’s degree in HIM and prior experience in health information management and technology is a requirement. You will likely need to pursue additional certification as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA).

Average salary for HIM careers by state

You can find the average salary in your state across these three major health information management career categories below (Medical Health Records and Health Information Technicians, Health Educators and Medical and Health Service Managers):

Average salary for jobs in health information management by state
StatePer yearPer hour
Alabama$63,697$30.62
Alaska$75,907$36.49
Arizona$70,067$33.69
Arkansas$56,390$27.11
California$80,883$38.89
Colorado$74,893$36.01
Connecticut$84,273$40.52
Delaware$81,320$39.10
District of Columbia$95,750$46.04
Florida$68,870$33.11
Georgia$78,790$37.88
Hawaii$83,380$40.09
Idaho$62,163$29.88
Illinois$75,437$36.27
Indiana$66,400$31.92
Iowa$60,547$29.11
Kansas$61,867$29.75
Kentucky$59,743$28.72
Louisiana$64,690$31.10
Maine$60,547$29.11
Maryland$85,120$40.92
Massachusetts$82,637$39.73
Michigan$68,450$32.91
Minnesota$72,763$34.98
Mississippi$57,747$27.76
Missouri$67,350$32.38
Montana$60,350$29.01
Nebraska$64,763$31.14
Nevada$74,770$35.95
New Hampshire$71,810$34.52
New Jersey$77,293$37.16
New Mexico$71,803$34.52
New York$82,487$39.66
North Carolina$71,563$34.40
North Dakota$70,407$33.85
Ohio$67,033$32.23
Oklahoma$61,437$29.54
Oregon$74,450$35.79
Pennsylvania$66,617$32.03
Rhode Island$85,110$40.92
South Carolina$66,627$32.03
South Dakota$65,353$31.42
Tennessee$61,767$29.70
Texas$67,327$32.37
Utah$66,517$31.98
Vermont$67,980$32.68
Virginia$72,080$34.65
Washington$74,970$36.04
West Virginia$66,143$31.80
Wisconsin$68,510$32.94
Wyoming$63,800$30.67

There are many more HIM jobs out there.

Health information management is a home for analytically minded individuals eager to make a difference in healthcare. Skills needed to excel in health information management include clear communication, problem solving, attention to detail, critical thinking and ability to smoothly adapt to an ever-changing landscape in healthcare technology. Learn more about some of the most common jobs you can get in health information management.

It all starts with your education.

These careers are only a sample of what you can achieve. A degree in health information management can take you in many different directions, including branching off into information technology or business management. If you’re looking to take your career even further, you could combine a bachelor’s degree in HIM with an MBA in healthcare management to position yourself for leadership and executive-level roles, such as Chief Operations Officer.

Earning your degree is the first step to a lucrative career in health information management. Discover your healthcare degree options and become possible with Herzing University.

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