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Health Information Management (HIM) Clerk Salary (United States)

Women account for the majority of Health Information Management Clerks in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $12.41 per hour. Compensation ranges between $9.55 per hour and $16.41. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. About a fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair portion report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. For the most part, Health Information Management Clerks enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Health Information Management (HIM) Clerk Salary (?
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$19,978 - $43,611
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MEDIAN: $30,843
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Health Information Management (HIM) Clerk Salary (?
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$9.55 - $16.41
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
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$19,978 - $43,611  
   
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$0.00 - $829  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,044 - $37,258  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 70
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.55 - $16.41  
   
Overtime
$7.57 - $25.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $829  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,044 - $37,258  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 497
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Job Description for Health Information Management (HIM) Clerk

When a patient is seen by a health care professional at a medical facility, patient information and visit details are created as a record. In larger clinics and hospitals, health information management (HIM) clerks ensure records are properly created and stored and that they are easily accessible to medical professionals as needed for ongoing care. The HIM clerk typically handles computer records, although physical files may be part of their work as well. In all their duties, these clerks must follow the instructions of supervisors and follow organizational standards and practices (such as procedures for handling records and confidentiality requirements). All patient information must be entered accurately and include necessary updates as provided. In some facilities, the HIM clerks' main duties include converting physical documents into computer-based records as well.
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Health Information Management (HIM) Clerk Tasks
  • Organize and file all patients' medical records including charts and reports in order to compile documentation of conditions and treatments.
  • Assist with departmental audits and research.
  • Release information to persons and agencies according to regulations.
  • Process and forward patient and physician record requests; utilizes paper and electronic systems.

Common Career Paths for Health Information Management (HIM) Clerk

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Health Information Management Clerks might see a strong upturn in salary transition into upper-level roles like Health Information Management Supervisor. It is not uncommon for a Health Information Management Supervisor to earn $41K per year.

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Popular Skills for Health Information Management (HIM) Clerk

Health Information Management Clerks who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Electronic Medical Records , Medical Coding, Filing, and Medical Records are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Electronic Medical Records also know Medical Coding.

Pay by Experience Level for Health Information Management (HIM) Clerk

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $25K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $27K on average. Health Information Management Clerks bring in $29K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $28K by contrast. A majority of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up approximately one-seventh of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise one in eight, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Cincinnati
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Denver
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National Average
$26,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Health Information Management Clerks, New York offers exceptional salaries, 33 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Houston, Dallas, Cincinnati, and Austin, where Health Information Management Clerks annually earn 22 percent, 21 percent, 18 percent, and 15 percent more than the national average. The lowest-paying market is Indianapolis, which sits 7 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Health Information Management (HIM) Clerk Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$26,000

Skills That Affect Health Information Management (HIM) Clerk Salaries

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Medical Coding
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Filing
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Medical Records
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National Average
$26,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
94%
female alumni
 
Male
6%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 20%