What Does a Credentialing Coordinator Make?

by Brenda Scottsdale

When providers and employees join a health care practice, they must provide evidence of their qualifications or credentials and must update these records yearly, to comply with laws, regulations and accrediting bodies. A credentialing coordinator is the person who audits and organizes these credentialing records for examination by external entities. In addition to an annual salary, credentialing coordinators receive Insurance and health benefits, retirement incentives, paid vacation and sick leave.

Average Salaries

The average credentialing coordinator earned $48,332 annually in 2013, according to the national salary survey website Salary Expert. Average salaries for credentialing coordinators in ten representative areas selected by the Salary Expert website included California, $57,881; Pennsylvania, $48,017; New York, $57,698; Dallas, $53,502; Chicago, $48,853; Atlanta, $65,201; San Francisco, $59,159; Los Angeles, $60,397; New York, $52,561; and Houston, $41,924. The difference between the highest-paying and lowest-paying area in this sample was $23,277, suggesting geographic area affects salary.


As of May 2012, industries employing the highest number of medical records and health information technicians, including credentialing coordinators, include hospitals, physician's offices, nursing facilitates, outpatient care centers and home health care services, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Top-paying industries include pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing, insurance and employee benefit funds, scientific research and development services, grant making and giving services, and the executive branch of the federal government. California employed 17,650 employees in this occupational category as of 2012, which was the largest number.

Job Outlook

The BLS projects job growth for medical records and health information technicians, including credentialing coordinators, will be 21 percent through 2020, compared to 14 percent for all occupations. If this projection is accurate, there will be 37,700 new medical records and health information technicians, by 2020. The BLS indicates an aging baby boomer population will increase the demand for medical facilities in general, which will, in turn, increase the need for credentialing coordinators.


In addition to a high school diploma, many credentialing coordinators have earned a postsecondary certificate or associate degree in health information technology. Areas of study may include medical terminology, health data requirements and credentialing standards. Certification by the National Association of Medical Staff Services increases your earnings. The NAMSS website indicates that greater than 27 percent of those certified received a salary increase. Personal qualities include analytical skills, attention to detail and interpersonal skills.

About the Author

Brenda Scottsdale is a licensed psychologist, a six sigma master black belt and a certified aerobics instructor. She has been writing professionally for more than 15 years in scientific journals, including the "Journal of Criminal Justice and Behavior" and various websites.

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