Unit Clerk Salary
|Salary||$18,942 - $45,738|
|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).)
|$20,735 - $38,887|
|Hourly Rate||$9.93 - $18.07|
|Overtime||$12.00 - $27.23|
|Total Pay (||$20,735 - $38,887|
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.Read More...
Unit clerks generally work full time in a health care facility. They are typically required to sit in a stationary position for long periods of time. Because this position generally takes place in a health care setting, the unit clerk maybe exposed to some level of disease and different types of body fluids.
A high school diploma or equivalent is generally the minimum educational requirement for this position. Along with that, unit clerks should have familiarity with basic medical terminology and at least one year of work experience in the medical field. They also need to be proficient with basic computer programs, as well as with various forms of communication devices such as phones and paging systems. Unit clerks should possess strong interpersonal, communication, and multitasking skills, and they must be able to work well in a team environment.
Unit Clerk Tasks
- Maintain medical records, technical library and correspondence files.
- Prepare new patient medical records files prior to exam.
- Transfers patient's data from nurse's notes and physician's orders onto medical records and charts.
- Answer telephones and direct calls to appropriate staff.
- Perform various clerical and administrative functions, such as ordering and maintaining an inventory of supplies.
Common Career Paths for Unit Clerk
Popular Skills for Unit Clerk
Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Data Entry, Bilingual, Medical Records, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Electronic Medical Records. Most people skilled in Microsoft Office are similarly competent 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. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $28K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $26K. Unit Clerks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $31K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $33K.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Unit Clerks that is 46 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Unit Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+38 percent), Philadelphia (+19 percent), Toledo (+14 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Unit Clerks in Montgomery earning a whopping 35 percent below the national average. Workers in Miami and Augusta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (20 percent less and 14 percent less, respectively).
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