Medical Records Clerk Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Medical Records Clerks in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $12.92 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though the particular city and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Just under a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Work is enjoyable for Medical Records Clerks, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$21,374 - $40,519
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MEDIAN: $30,015
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$10.01 - $16.64
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$0$40K
Salary $21,374 - $40,519
Bonus $98.63 - $1,538
Profit Sharing $450.00
Total Pay (?
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$20,904 - $35,626
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 100
Hourly Data $0$24
Hourly Rate $10.01 - $16.64
Overtime $13.10 - $24.90
Annual Data $0$35K
Bonus $98.63 - $1,538
Profit Sharing $450.00
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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$20,904 - $35,626
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,429

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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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Medical Records Clerks do not often transition into Registered Nurse roles. The role averages $56K per year. Medical Records Clerks typically move into roles as Health Information Technicians or Administrative Assistants, and those positions pay $1K more and $4K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Records Clerk


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Vibra Healthcare offers the most; Medical Records Clerks earn $33K on average there.

Popular Skills for Medical Records Clerk


Survey results imply that Medical Records Clerks deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Data Entry, Electronic Medical Records, HIPAA Compliance, and Records Management are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Scheduling. Most people experienced in Medical Records also know Filing and Data Entry. Most people familiar with Electronic Medical Records also know 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: $27,171

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, 17 percent above the national average. Medical Records Clerks will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+15 percent), Atlanta (+12 percent), Portland (+10 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Birmingham, 13 percent below the national average. Employers in Wilmington and Tampa also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 10 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 Goleta:
"Boring."
Pros: Fast pace.
Cons: No music.

Medical Records Clerk in St. Louis:
"A head of many hats."
Pros: I like my job because I can see my progress.
Cons: I do more work than I should be expected to do for my hourly rate.

Medical Records Clerk in Artesia:
Pros: Paperwork, the patients, stability, the hours.
Cons: Audits, the work environment on occasion, people's negative attitudes, getting interrupted constantly, stress level.

Medical Records Clerk in Winston-Salem:
"I love my job."
Pros: All the benefits and all that I have learn.
Cons: The pay.

Medical Records Clerk in Muskogee:
"Office conditions, stress level, perks, the management."
Pros: Low stress work environment.
Cons: Work load can be slow at times.

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
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 247 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Medical Records Clerk Salaries

▲12%

▲8%

▲2%

National Average
$27,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Medical Records Clerk Salaries


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National Average
$27,000


Records Management
▼1%



▼2%


Medical Coding
▼2%

▼3%

Scheduling
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 247 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 29%
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