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Unit Clerk Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Unit Clerks in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $12.42 per hour. Compensation ranges between $9.84 per hour and $16.48. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, somewhere between a fifth and a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. Job satisfaction for Unit Clerks is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,729 - $36,062
(Median)
$21K
$30K
$36K
MEDIAN: $29,772
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$9.84 - $16.48
(Median)
$9
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$20,729 - $36,062  
   
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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$20,550 - $35,647  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $16.48  
   
Overtime
$8.59 - $23.88  
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$16K$32K$48K
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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$20,550 - $35,647  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 520

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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. An Unit Clerk may also move into a role as an Unit Secretary or a Health Unit Clerk.

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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, 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $25K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $28K. For Unit Clerks, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $30K. Unit Clerks with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $31K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Unit Clerks in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Unit Clerks will also find cushy salaries in New York (+20 percent) and Toledo (+19 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Jacksonville, 6 percent below the national average. Daytona Beach and San Antonio are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 5 percent lower and 4 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 11%

Medical Records
up arrow 7%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 5%

Customer Service
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

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 69 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

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