As one of Oklahoma’s largest and fastest growing industries, the health care sector has excellent future prospects. An essential part of this industry involves medical coding and billing professionals who provide a critical service to those directly involved in health care, and therefore also experience favorable employment and salary prospects as a tandem occupation. And as future projections indicate, medical billing and coding professionals should only experience gain.
Two of the main factors driving the favorable conditions for these professionals in Oklahoma are the increasing percentage of seniors over the age of 65 and the recent implementation of the Affordable Care Act. As older Oklahomans require more medical attention and more residents become insured, these two phenomena will naturally generate more work for the state’s medical billers and coders. Now is a perfect time to begin researching the education requirements for these positions.
2018 Oklahoma Medical Billing and Coding Salaries
There are two main divisions when comparing the average salaries of medical billing and coding professionals in Oklahoma: urban versus rural employment. Medical billing and coding professionals tend to earn a higher salary in Oklahoma’s cities. The following figures represent the average salary at locations across the state:
- Oklahoma City: $58,000
- Tulsa: $52,000
- Norman: $51,000
- Broken Arrow: $52,000
- Lawton: $56,000
- Edmond: $48,000
- Moore: $46,000
- Midwest City: $44,000
Lawton is clearly the city with the highest average salaries, while the northwestern region of the state boasts the highest earning potential among Oklahoma’s non-metro areas. Wherever candidates choose to work, the medical billing and coding field will continue to offer increasing prospects for professionals with the right training and education.