Medical Records Clerk Salary

The larger portion of Medical Records Clerks in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $12.22 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $9.68 per hour, and the top verges on $15.78. While the specific employer and tenure impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by a little more than half. Job satisfaction for Medical Records Clerks is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,840 - $37,211
(Median)
$21K
$28K
$37K
MEDIAN: $27,640
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$9.68 - $15.78
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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 (?
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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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For Medical Records Clerks, progressing to a Registered Nurse role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Registered Nurse can earn $55K 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


Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $21K to just $34K — but Corizon offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $25K.

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, Electronic Medical Records, and Data Entry are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Filing indicates knowledge of Data Entry. Those familiar with Medical Records tend to be well versed 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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 $26K on average. Medical Records Clerks bring in $29K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $30K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,750

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

Springfield is home to an above-average pay rate for Medical Records Clerks, 26 percent higher than the national average. Medical Records Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), Philadelphia (+13 percent), and Atlanta (+12 percent). Tampa is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dayton (3 percent less) and Houston (2 percent less).

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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