Medical Records Clerk Salary

Women account for the majority of Medical Records Clerks in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $12.07 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.50 per hour to $15.55. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by just over a half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Medical Records Clerks. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$20,199 - $39,496
(Median)
$20K
$28K
$39K
MEDIAN: $27,957
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$9.50 - $15.55
(Median)
$9
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,199 - $39,496  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $507  
Profit Sharing
$199.33 - $11,635  
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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$19,932 - $33,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 165
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.50 - $15.55  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $21.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $507  
   
Profit Sharing
$199.33 - $11,635  
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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$19,932 - $33,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,984
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Job Description for Medical Records Clerk

Medical records clerks normally report to an office manager or supervisor, and are expected to handle many different roles as regards the handling of records, files, and data. They often help with the handling and filing of data, which can involve filing various patient charts and files in physical form and through computer data entry. In most medical offices, the clerk is expected to scan and file various documents related to prescriptions and prescription files as well.

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Medical Records 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 Medical Records Clerk


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For Medical Records Clerks, progressing to a Registered Nurse role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Registered Nurse can earn $55K annually. Medical Records Clerks typically move into roles as Health Information Technicians or Administrative Assistants, and those positions pay $2K more and $6K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Medical Records Clerk


Medical Records Clerks generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Records Management, HIPAA Compliance, Electronic Medical Records, and Data Entry are correlated to pay that is above average. Skill sets containing Medical Records also tend to include Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Data Entry. Most people who know Filing also know Data Entry.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Records Clerk

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Medical Records Clerks do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $25K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $26K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Medical Records Clerks make a median salary of $28K. Medical Records Clerks with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $30K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Medical Records Clerks that is 27 percent greater than the national average, Springfield offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Medical Records Clerks will also find cushy salaries in New York (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), Philadelphia (+14 percent), and Atlanta (+10 percent). In Tampa, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Fresno and Houston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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What is it like working as a Medical Records Clerk?

Medical Records Clerk in Sebastopol:
"Great Atmosphere!"
Pros: What I like most about my job, is that I am able to work on my own pace, able to ask question and l always learn something new each day. Its a lovely facility and the staff is awesome.
Cons: N/A.

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Experience Affects Medical Records Clerk Salaries




National Average
$25,000


Skills That Affect Medical Records Clerk Salaries

Records Management
up arrow 3%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 2%

Data Entry
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HIPAA Compliance
up arrow 2%

Medical Records
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Customer Service
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Phone Support
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Typing
0%

National Average
$25,000

Filing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 371 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 29%
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