Unit Clerk Salary

Women account for the majority of Unit Clerks in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $12.52 per hour. Compensation ranges from $9.85 per hour on the lower end to $16.60 on the higher end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, just over a fifth claim no health benefits at all. Most Unit Clerks like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$20,426 - $36,198

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$9.85 - $16.60

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$20,426 - $36,198  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $493.16  
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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$20,563 - $35,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.85 - $16.60  
   
Overtime
$6.54 - $23.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $493.16  
   
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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$20,563 - $35,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 558
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Job Description for Unit Clerk

Unit clerks are normally responsible for providing clerical services to the nursing department, helping the department stay efficient and effective. They also act as a resource to all departments to help maintain and troubleshoot office equipment, as well as perform data entry, maintain patient charts, transcribe orders, and file documents. Additionally, unit clerks answer telephone calls, as well as deliver messages to patients, doctors, and nurses. Other tasks performed by unit clerks include keeping track of patient appointments, delivering mail and flowers to the patients, recording lab reports, and ordering prescriptions, among others.

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Unit Clerk Tasks

  • Answer telephones and direct calls to appropriate staff.
  • Perform various clerical and administrative functions, such as ordering and maintaining an inventory of supplies.
  • Transfers patient's data from nurse's notes and physician's orders onto medical records and charts.
  • Maintain medical records, technical library and correspondence files.
  • Prepare new patient medical records files prior to exam.

Common Career Paths for Unit Clerk


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Many Unit Clerks move into a Registered Nurse role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $55K per year. It is not uncommon for an Unit Clerk to continue on to become an Unit Secretary or a Health Unit Clerk.

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Popular Skills for Unit Clerk


Unit Clerks report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Data Entry, Customer Service, Medical Records, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. Those proficient in Microsoft Office are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Unit Clerk

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Unit Clerks, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $25K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $28K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $30K in this role. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Unit Clerks with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $31K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Unit Clerks, above-average compensation can be found going east — in Washington, New York, and Philadelphia, in particular. The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in Miami. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Jacksonville and San Antonio (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Unit Clerk Salaries




National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Unit Clerk Salaries

Data Entry
up arrow 10%

Customer Service
up arrow 9%

Medical Records
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 1%

Medical Terminology
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 23%
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