Medical Records Clerk Salary

Most Medical Records Clerks in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $12.77 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. For the most part, Medical Records Clerks enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Just under a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$21,856 - $42,079
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MEDIAN: $29,977
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$9.99 - $16.45
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$21,856 - $42,079  
   
Bonus
$50.34 - $1,788  
Profit Sharing
$500  
Total Pay (?
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$20,863 - $35,354  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 102
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.99 - $16.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$14.36 - $24.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$50.34 - $1,788  
   
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$20,863 - $35,354  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,419

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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

  • Release information to persons and agencies according to regulations.
  • Process and forward patient and physician record requests; utilizes paper and electronic systems.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Medical Records Clerk


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It's not very common for Medical Records Clerks to move on to become Registered Nurses. Average pay for a Registered Nurse is $56K annually. It is quite typical for Medical Records Clerks to transition into roles as Health Information Technicians or Administrative Assistants, where reported median earnings are $1K and $5K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Records Clerk


For Medical Records Clerks, comfortable salaries can be found at Vibra Healthcare; in fact, median earnings sit around $33K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Medical Records Clerk


Medical Records Clerks seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Entry, Electronic Medical Records, HIPAA Compliance, and Records Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Medical Records also know Filing and Data Entry. It is often found that people who know Electronic Medical Records are also skilled in Data Entry and Filing.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Records Clerk

Pay by Experience for a Medical Records Clerk has a positive trend. An entry-level Medical Records Clerk with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 930 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Medical Records Clerk with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 393 salaries. An experienced Medical Records Clerk which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 350 salaries. A Medical Records Clerk with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 89 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,878

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Medical Records Clerks in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. Medical Records Clerks will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+16 percent), Atlanta (+13 percent), Portland (+11 percent), and Chicago (+11 percent). In Birmingham, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Wilmington and Tampa (11 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Medical Records Clerk Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Medical Records Clerk?

Medical Records Clerk in Italy:
"I really like it."
Pros: Everything I love my job and the people.
Cons: The pay I don't feel like the pay is enough.

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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Key Stats for Medical Records Clerk

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 202 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Medical Records Clerk Salaries

▲13%

▲9%

▲3%

National Average
$27,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Medical Records Clerk Salaries



▲1%

Records Management
▼0%

National Average
$27,000



▼1%


Medical Coding
▼1%

▼2%

Scheduling
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 202 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 28%