Medical Records Clerk Salary

Women comprise the majority of Medical Records Clerks in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $12.74 per hour on average. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but the particular city and experience level are influential factors as well. Although the larger part have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, just under a third claim no health benefits at all. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$21,902 - $41,366
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$30K
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MEDIAN: $29,666
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$9.97 - $16.48
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$21,902 - $41,366  
   
Bonus
$49.32 - $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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$20,836 - $35,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.97 - $16.48  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$14.45 - $24.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$49.32 - $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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$20,836 - $35,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,456

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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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There are some Medical Records Clerks — though it's uncommon — that transition into Registered Nurses, where earnings are an average $56K annually. Medical Records Clerks moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Health Information Technicians or Administrative Assistants. The median paychecks in those roles are $1K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Records Clerk


Medical Records Clerks seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Vibra Healthcare, where the average salary comes to $33K.

Popular Skills for Medical Records Clerk


Survey results imply that Medical Records Clerks deploy a deep pool 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Medical Coding. A tool kit that includes Medical Records also typically contains Filing and Data Entry. Those educated in Electronic Medical Records tend to be well versed in Data Entry and Filing.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Records Clerk

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Medical Records Clerks — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $26K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $27K. Medical Records Clerks who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $29K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $30K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,817

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

Medical Records Clerks will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 17 percent. Medical Records Clerks will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+14 percent), Atlanta (+13 percent), Philadelphia (+10 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Miami. Employers also pay below the national average in Birmingham (12 percent lower) and Wilmington (11 percent lower).

Medical Records Clerk Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Medical Records Clerk

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 200 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Medical Records Clerk Salaries

▲13%

▲10%

▲3%

National Average
$27,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Medical Records Clerk Salaries



▲1%

Records Management
▼0%

Typing
▼0%

National Average
$27,000



▼2%


Scheduling
▼2%

Medical Coding
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 200 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
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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