Medical Records Clerk Salary

Women account for the majority of Medical Records Clerks in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $12.22 per hour. Pay generally varies between $9.68 per hour and $15.78. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the company and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Medical Records Clerks. While just under a third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and slightly more than half have dental, as well. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$20,840 - $37,211
(Median)
$21K
$28K
$37K
MEDIAN: $27,640
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$9.68 - $15.78
(Median)
$9
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$20,840 - $37,211  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $507  
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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$20,256 - $33,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 169
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.68 - $15.78  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $22.07  
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 - $507  
   
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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$20,256 - $33,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,105
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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 moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Health Information Technicians or Administrative Assistants. The median paychecks in those roles are $2K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Records Clerk


Employees at Corizon take home the smallest paychecks, and $25K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $21K and quickly nearing the top at only $34K.

Popular Skills for Medical Records Clerk


Medical Records Clerks report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Records Management, HIPAA Compliance, Electronic Medical Records, and Data Entry are correlated to pay that is above average. Skill sets containing Medical Records also tend to include Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Data Entry. Those proficient in Filing are, more often than not, also skilled in 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. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $25K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $26K. Medical Records Clerks see a median salary of $29K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $30K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,750

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Medical Records Clerks, Springfield offers exceptional salaries, 26 percent above the national average. Medical Records Clerks will also find cushy salaries in New York (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), Philadelphia (+13 percent), and Atlanta (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Tampa, 15 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dayton (3 percent lower) and Houston (2 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
$26,000


Skills That Affect Medical Records Clerk Salaries

Records Management
up arrow 3%

HIPAA Compliance
up arrow 2%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
0%

Typing
0%

Phone Support
0%

National Average
$26,000

Filing
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 383 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

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: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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