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Medical Records Clerk Salary

Most Medical Records Clerks in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $12.06 per hour. Compensation ranges between $9.46 per hour and $15.56. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Although just under a third lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and a little over a half get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,111 - $39,083
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$39K
MEDIAN: $27,554
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$9.46 - $15.56
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,111 - $39,083  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $508  
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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$19,878 - $33,231  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 165
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.46 - $15.56  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $21.90  
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 - $508  
   
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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$19,878 - $33,231  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,972

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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Registered Nurse. The latter position pays an average of $55K annually. Medical Records Clerks most often move into positions as Health Information Technicians or Administrative Assistants; those groups report median salaries that are $2K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Medical Records Clerk


Survey results show that Medical Records Clerks use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Records Management, HIPAA Compliance, Data Entry, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Filing also tend to know Data Entry. Most people skilled in Medical Records are similarly competent in 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.


Medical Records Clerks with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $25K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $26K on average. Medical Records Clerks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $28K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $30K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Medical Records Clerks, Springfield provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. 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 (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Tampa is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Tulsa and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 3 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
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 372 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
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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