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Unit Clerk Salary

Most Unit Clerks in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $12.50 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $9.84 per hour, and the top verges on $16.61. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Unit Clerks, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although just under one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$20,484 - $35,938
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MEDIAN: $29,435
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$9.84 - $16.61
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$20,484 - $35,938  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $507  
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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$20,535 - $35,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $16.61  
   
Overtime
$10.67 - $25.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $507  
   
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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$20,535 - $35,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 455
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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' salaries can rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Registered Nurse. Registered Nurses get paid an average $55K per year. An Unit Secretary or a Health Unit Clerk is a typical transition from an Unit Clerk role.

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Popular Skills for Unit Clerk


Survey results show that Unit Clerks use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Data Entry, Electronic Medical Records, Medical Records, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Office are 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 Unit Clerks, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $25K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $28K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $29K. 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 $31K.

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Experience Affects Unit Clerk Salaries




National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Unit Clerk Salaries

Data Entry
up arrow 10%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 8%

Medical Records
up arrow 6%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 22%