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 $12.65 per hour. Compensation ranges from $9.66 per hour on the lower end to $16.66 on the higher end. Residence and experience level 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. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,124 - $43,457
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$43K
MEDIAN: $30,617
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$9.66 - $16.66
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,124 - $43,457  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $795  
Total Pay (?
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$20,188 - $37,230  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 83
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.66 - $16.66  
   
Overtime
$5.80 - $24.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $795  
   
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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$20,188 - $37,230  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 578
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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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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 $47K per year. A Health Information Management Clerk may also move into a role as a Health Information Management Supervisor or a Health Information Technician.

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Popular Skills for Health Information Management (HIM) Clerk


Survey results imply that Health Information Management Clerks put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Electronic Medical Records, Medical Coding, Customer Service, and Medical Records are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Electronic Medical Records indicates knowledge of 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.


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $26K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $27K. Health Information Management Clerks who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $29K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $28K on average.

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Experience Affects Health Information Management (HIM) Clerk Salaries


Late-Career
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National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Health Information Management (HIM) Clerk Salaries


Medical Coding
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Customer Service
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National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 18%
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