Medical billing & coding technicians are one of the least happy careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, medical billing & coding technicians rate their career happiness 2.7 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 14% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy medical billing & coding technicians are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Pharmacy technician
2.8
$37k
Medical administrative assistant
2.8
$37k
Neurodiagnostic technologist
2.8
$46k
Clinical nurse specialist
2.8
$78k
Healthcare social worker
2.8
$61k
Medical billing & coding technician
2.7
$40k
Speech language pathologist
2.7
$79k
Registered nurse
2.7
$78k
Nurse
2.7
$44k
Nuclear medicine technologist
2.7
$79k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are medical billing & coding technicians happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do medical billing & coding technicians find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as medical billing & coding technicians?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are medical billing & coding technician’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are medical billing & coding technicians making the best use of their abilities?

Are medical billing & coding technicians happy with their salary?

Medical billing & coding technicians rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.8/5. Medical billing & coding technicians tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

We asked medical billing & coding technicians how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

2.8 out of 5 stars

381 medical billing & coding technicians

5 Star
9%

9% of medical billing & coding technicians rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
24%

24% of medical billing & coding technicians rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of medical billing & coding technicians rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
22%

22% of medical billing & coding technicians rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
19%

19% of medical billing & coding technicians rated their compensation 1 stars

Do medical billing & coding technicians find their jobs meaningful?

On average, medical billing & coding technicians rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.4/5. The majority of medical billing & coding technicians struggle to find any sort of meaning in their work, likely resulting in less satisfaction with the career overall.

We asked medical billing & coding technicians how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

2.4 out of 5 stars

384 medical billing & coding technicians

5 Star
8%

8% of medical billing & coding technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
12%

12% of medical billing & coding technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of medical billing & coding technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
27%

27% of medical billing & coding technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
33%

33% of medical billing & coding technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as medical billing & coding technicians?

Medical billing & coding technicians rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.6/5. The majority of medical billing & coding technicians find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked medical billing & coding technicians how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.6 out of 5 stars

416 medical billing & coding technicians

5 Star
26%

26% of medical billing & coding technicians rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
35%

35% of medical billing & coding technicians rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of medical billing & coding technicians rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of medical billing & coding technicians rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
8%

8% of medical billing & coding technicians rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a medical billing & coding technician’s work environment?

As a whole, medical billing & coding technicians rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.4/5. A solid majority of medical billing & coding technicians enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a medical billing & coding technician.

We asked medical billing & coding technicians how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.4 out of 5 stars

414 medical billing & coding technicians

5 Star
20%

20% of medical billing & coding technicians rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
31%

31% of medical billing & coding technicians rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of medical billing & coding technicians rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
14%

14% of medical billing & coding technicians rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of medical billing & coding technicians rated their work environment 1 stars

Are medical billing & coding technicians making the best use of their abilities?

Former medical billing & coding technicians on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 2.5/5. Most feel that their skills are being underutilized in the career, probably leading to more general dissatisfaction with being a medical billing & coding technician.

We asked medical billing & coding technicians how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

2.5 out of 5 stars

415 medical billing & coding technicians

5 Star
10%

10% of medical billing & coding technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
12%

12% of medical billing & coding technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of medical billing & coding technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
29%

29% of medical billing & coding technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
29%

29% of medical billing & coding technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars