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Medical Records Clerk Salary

Medical Records Clerks in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $12.05 per hour for pay. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.42 per hour to $15.54. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of Medical Records Clerks claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a third lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,092 - $39,083
(Median)
$20K
$27K
$39K
MEDIAN: $27,299
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$9.42 - $15.54
(Median)
$9
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $12.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,092 - $39,083  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $509  
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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$19,815 - $33,192  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 165
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.42 - $15.54  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $21.88  
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 - $509  
   
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).
)
$19,815 - $33,192  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,965

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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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As Medical Records Clerks transition into upper-level roles such as Registered Nurse, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Registered Nurses earn $55K on average 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


Medical Records Clerks seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Records Management, HIPAA Compliance, Data Entry, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Filing indicates knowledge of Data Entry. The majority of those who know 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $26K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $24K. Medical Records Clerks who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $28K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $30K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Medical Records Clerks that is 27 percent greater than the national average, Springfield offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Medical Records Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+26 percent), New York (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), and Philadelphia (+15 percent). The lowest-paying market is Tampa, which sits 15 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Tulsa and Houston (8 percent lower and 2 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 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%

Typing
0%

National Average
$25,000

Filing
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 375 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 30%
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