Health Information Management (HIM) Clerk Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Health Information Management Clerks in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $12.75 per hour. Compensation ranges between $9.76 per hour and $16.77. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Health Information Management Clerks. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,607 - $48,528
(Median)
$21K
$30K
$49K
MEDIAN: $30,490
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$9.76 - $16.77
(Median)
$9
$13
$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,607 - $48,528  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $765  
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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$20,451 - $37,212  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.76 - $16.77  
   
Overtime
$5.62 - $24.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $765  
   
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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$20,451 - $37,212  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 642
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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.

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At the upper end, Health Information Management Clerks who move into a Health Information Management Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Health Information Management Managers is a much higher $48K per year.

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Popular Skills for Health Information Management (HIM) Clerk


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Electronic Medical Records, Medical Coding, Medical Records, and Filing 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.


Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $26K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $27K. For Health Information Management Clerks, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $30K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $29K on average.

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Experience Affects Health Information Management (HIM) Clerk Salaries


Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Health Information Management (HIM) Clerk Salaries


Medical Coding
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Medical Records
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Filing
0%

Customer Service
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National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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