Medical Records Clerk Salary

Most Medical Records Clerks in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $12.10 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.54 per hour on the low end to $15.57 on the high end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Just under a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and a little over a half claim dental coverage as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$20,814 - $39,248

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$9.54 - $15.57

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,814 - $39,248  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $506  
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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$20,031 - $33,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 161
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.54 - $15.57  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $21.90  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $506  
   
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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$20,031 - $33,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,971
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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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Medical Records Clerks who go on to become Registered Nurses may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Registered Nurses is $55K annually. Career advancement for the typical Medical Records Clerk often leads to becoming a Health Information Technician or an Administrative Assistant; median salaries in these positions are $2K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Medical Records Clerk


Survey results imply that Medical Records Clerks put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Records Management, HIPAA Compliance, Electronic Medical Records, and Data Entry are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Filing are also skilled in Data Entry. People who know Medical Records usually 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.


For Medical Records Clerks, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $25K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $26K. Medical Records Clerks see a median salary of $29K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Medical Records Clerks who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $30K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Medical Records Clerks, busy Springfield offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Medical Records Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), Philadelphia (+14 percent), and Atlanta (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Tampa, 15 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Fresno and Houston (9 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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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
$26,000


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
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Phone Support
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Customer Service
0%

Typing
0%

National Average
$26,000

Filing
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 372 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: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 29%
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