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Medical Records Clerk Salary

Women comprise the majority of Medical Records Clerks in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $11.94 per hour on average. Earnings generally vary between $9.27 per hour and $15.44. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by over one-half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$20,036 - $39,797
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MEDIAN: $27,156
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$9.27 - $15.44
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,036 - $39,797  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $510  
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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$19,452 - $32,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 156
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.27 - $15.44  
   
Overtime
$0.29 - $21.94  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $510  
   
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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$19,452 - $32,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,994
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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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At the upper end, Medical Records Clerks who move into a Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Nurses is $55K per year. A common career progression for a Medical Records Clerk is to become a Health Information Technician or an Administrative Assistant. Compared to Medical Records Clerks, the first group earns $2K more on average, and the second group earns $6K more.

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Popular Skills for Medical Records Clerk


Survey results suggest that Medical Records Clerks use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Records Management, HIPAA Compliance, Data Entry, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skill sets containing Medical Records also tend to include Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Data Entry. For most people, competency in Filing indicates knowledge of Data Entry.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Records Clerk

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $24K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $26K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Medical Records Clerks make a median salary of $28K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Medical Records Clerk with more than 20 years of experience can earn $30K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Medical Records Clerks that is 26 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Medical Records Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+16 percent), Sacramento (+15 percent), Philadelphia (+13 percent), and Atlanta (+9 percent). In Tampa, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Birmingham and Fresno are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, 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 3%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 2%

Data Entry
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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 364 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 29%