Unit Clerk Salary

Most Unit Clerks in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $12.66 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $9.86 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $17.07. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Unit Clerks claim high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly a fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$19,866 - $36,354
(Median)
$20K
$29K
$36K
MEDIAN: $29,240
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$9.86 - $17.07
(Median)
$9
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$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$19,866 - $36,354  
   
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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$20,562 - $36,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 50
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.86 - $17.07  
   
Overtime
$9.69 - $24.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$20,562 - $36,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 647
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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 who move on to become Registered Nurses may enjoy significant pay raises, as Registered Nurses get paid an average of $55K per year. Becoming an Unit Secretary or a Health Unit Clerk is a common transition from an Unit Clerk role.

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Popular Skills for Unit Clerk


Unit Clerks report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Entry, Customer Service, Medical Records, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. Most people experienced in 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.


Unit Clerks do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $25K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $28K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Unit Clerks see a median salary of $30K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $32K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,958

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

Unit Clerks will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 31 percent. Unit Clerks will also find cushy salaries in New York (+26 percent), Philadelphia (+18 percent), Toledo (+17 percent), and Washington (+15 percent). Compared to the national average, Montgomery Unit Clerks have considerably lower salaries, 29 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers also pay below the national average in Miami (10 percent lower) and Allentown (9 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 9%

Customer Service
up arrow 6%

Medical Records
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

National Average
$27,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 2%

Medical Terminology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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