Medical Records Clerk Salary

Most Medical Records Clerks in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $12.02 per hour. Earnings sit near $9.38 per hour on the lower side but can approach $15.53 on the higher side. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. While some workers in this profession — just under a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Medical Records Clerks, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,163 - $38,412
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$20K
$27K
$38K
MEDIAN: $27,003
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$9.38 - $15.53
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$16
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$20,163 - $38,412  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $508  
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $11,745  
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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$19,715 - $33,128  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 161
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.38 - $15.53  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $21.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $508  
   
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $11,745  
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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$19,715 - $33,128  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,938

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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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Medical Records Clerks may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Registered Nurse. The latter position pays an average of $55K annually. Medical Records Clerks most often move into positions as Health Information Technicians or Administrative Assistants; those groups report median salaries that are $2K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Medical Records Clerk


Survey results suggest that Medical Records Clerks put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Records Management, HIPAA Compliance, Data Entry, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Filing also know Data Entry. Most people experienced in Medical Records also know Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Data Entry.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Records Clerk

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


For Medical Records Clerks, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $24K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $26K. Medical Records Clerks see a median salary of $28K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $30K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Medical Records Clerks in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Medical Records Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), Philadelphia (+13 percent), and Sacramento (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Tampa, 15 percent below the national average. Workers in Fresno and Tulsa earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

Medical Records Clerk Reviews

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 4%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 2%

Data Entry
up arrow 2%

HIPAA Compliance
up arrow 2%

Medical Records
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Phone Support
up arrow 1%

Filing
0%

Typing
0%

National Average
$25,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 374 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 30%