Medical Records Clerks in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $12.68 per hour. While geography and tenure impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While some workers in this profession — just under a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and a little more than half have dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$21,393 - $40,238
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MEDIAN: $29,421
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$9.94 - $16.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$21,393 - $40,238  
   
Bonus
$49.13 - $1,536  
Profit Sharing
$500  
Total Pay (?
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$20,765 - $35,134  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 111
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.94 - $16.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$13.55 - $24.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$49.13 - $1,536  
   
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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$20,765 - $35,134  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,446
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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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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. 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 $5K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Records Clerk


Vibra Healthcare attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $33K.

Popular Skills for Medical Records Clerk


Medical Records Clerks report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Entry, Records Management, HIPAA Compliance, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Medical Coding. A tool kit that includes Medical Records also typically contains Filing and Data Entry. Those proficient in Electronic Medical Records are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $25K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $27K on average. For Medical Records Clerks, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $29K. 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

National Average: $26,674

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For Medical Records Clerks, New York provides a pay rate that is 19 percent greater than the national average. Medical Records Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+14 percent), Atlanta (+12 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), and Philadelphia (+9 percent). Wilmington is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Birmingham (12 percent lower) and Tampa (8 percent lower).

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
$27,000


Skills That Affect Medical Records Clerk Salaries

Data Entry
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 1%

HIPAA Compliance
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Records Management
up arrow 1%

Typing
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Phone Support
0%

National Average
$27,000

Medical Records
up arrow 1%

Filing
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Medical Coding
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 199 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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