Unit Clerk Salary
|Salary||$18,761 - $45,615|
|Total Pay (||$20,941 - $39,233|
|Hourly Rate||$10.06 - $18.21|
|Overtime||$9.09 - $30.57|
|Total Pay (||$20,941 - $39,233|
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
Unit Clerks generally report applying a varied skill set 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Electronic Medical Records and Medical Terminology. For most people, competency in Microsoft Office indicates knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
Pay by Experience Level for Unit Clerk
Pay by Experience for a Unit Clerk has a positive trend. An entry-level Unit Clerk with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 317 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Unit Clerk with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 148 salaries. An experienced Unit Clerk which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 155 salaries. A Unit Clerk with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 61 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
San Diego is home to an above-average pay rate for Unit Clerks, 47 percent higher than the national average. Unit Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+37 percent), Philadelphia (+19 percent), Toledo (+13 percent), and Washington (+11 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Unit Clerk's salary, with Montgomery Unit Clerks earning salaries that are 38 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Miami (19 percent less) and Augusta (15 percent less).
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