Unit Clerk Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Unit Clerks in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $12.48 per hour. Compensation ranges from $9.83 per hour on the lower end to $16.58 on the higher end. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Unit Clerks is high. Some workers in this field — just under a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,394 - $35,930
(Median)
$20K
$29K
$36K
MEDIAN: $29,499
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$9.83 - $16.58
(Median)
$9
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$20,394 - $35,930  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $500  
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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$20,524 - $35,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.83 - $16.58  
   
Overtime
$6.54 - $23.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $500  
   
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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$20,524 - $35,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 552
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Registered Nurse, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $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


Unit Clerks generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Data Entry, Medical Records, Customer Service, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 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.


Unit Clerks do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $25K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $28K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $30K in this role. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Unit Clerks with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $31K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Unit Clerks, location is an influential factor in determining pay. American cities to the east — Washington, New York, and Philadelphia — all offer salaries upward of the national average; in fact, these names represent the highest-paid cities for Unit Clerks in the country. Trailing the national average by 7 percent, Miami is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Jacksonville and Daytona Beach (6 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 10%

Medical Records
up arrow 6%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 2%

Medical Terminology
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 23%
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