The registered health information Ttchnician credential is one that most employers prefer their medical records technicians to possess, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This credential is only available to those technicians who possess at least a two-year associate degree accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The average salary of a registered health information technician will depend on the type of facility he works in and location.
In the United States, registered health information technicians earn an average salary of $33,880 as of May 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some of these technicians specialize in coding, which may require additional credentials through organizations like the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) or the Board of Medical Specialty Coding (BMSC).
Most health information technicians are employed in medical facilities, though no hands-on patient care is required. Hospitals and the offices of physicians are the two largest employers of registered health information technicians, offering average salaries of $35,870 and $28,460, respectively. RHITs working in nursing care facilities earn an average income of $33,100, and those in outpatient care centers earn $30,650, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Other agencies and organizations may employ registered health information technicians, and while job opportunities are not as great, salaries tend to be higher. Registered technicians in scientific research and development earn an average salary of $42,050, and those in other support services earn $44,270. Registered health information technicians working for the federal executive branch earn $45,120 a year on average, and those working for business, political and labor organizations earn $45,850. RHITs in the industry of pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing earn the highest wages in their field at an average annual income of $61,210, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
RHIT salaries vary from one state to the next based on cost of living and demand. Maryland and Alaska are two of the top five highest-paying states for these technicians with respective salary averages of $39,330 and $39,490, and the District of Columbia and Hawaii each offer health information technicians more than $41,000 a year on average. The top-paying state is New Jersey, where the state average for RHITs is $45,750 and those in the Newark metropolitan area earn an average of $51,390 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
2016 Salary Information for Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
Medical records and health information technicians earned a median annual salary of $38,040 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, medical records and health information technicians earned a 25th percentile salary of $29,940, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $49,770, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 206,300 people were employed in the U.S. as medical records and health information technicians.