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Unit Clerk Salary

Unit Clerks in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $12.43 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.84 per hour to $16.44. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Unit Clerks. Some workers in this field — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,664 - $36,091
(Median)
$21K
$30K
$36K
MEDIAN: $29,680
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$9.84 - $16.44
(Median)
$9
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary 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$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$20,664 - $36,091  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $499.17  
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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$20,556 - $35,639  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 41
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $16.44  
   
Overtime
$10.36 - $24.02  
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$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $499.17  
   
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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$20,556 - $35,639  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 532
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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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Unit Clerks might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Registered Nurse, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $55K per year. It is not unusual for an Unit Clerk to become an Unit Secretary or a Health Unit Clerk.

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Popular Skills for Unit Clerk


Survey results imply that Unit Clerks put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Data Entry, Medical Records, Electronic Medical Records, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Most people who know Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Unit Clerk

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


For Unit Clerks, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $25K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $28K. Unit Clerks see a median salary of $30K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $31K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Unit Clerks that is 31 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Unit Clerks will also find cushy salaries in New York (+20 percent) and Toledo (+19 percent). Jacksonville is the lowest-paying area, 6 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Daytona Beach and San Antonio (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Unit Clerk Salaries




National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Unit Clerk Salaries

Data Entry
up arrow 11%

Medical Records
up arrow 7%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 5%

Customer Service
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Medical Terminology
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 23%
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