Unit Clerk Salary

Most Unit Clerks in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $12.48 per hour. Compensation ranges from $9.84 per hour on the lower end to $16.58 on the higher end. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Unit Clerks. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,394 - $36,034
(Median)
$20K
$29K
$36K
MEDIAN: $29,499
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$9.84 - $16.58
(Median)
$9
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$20,394 - $36,034  
   
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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$20,538 - $35,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $16.58  
   
Overtime
$6.41 - $23.96  
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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$20,538 - $35,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 550
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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 often moves on to become an Unit Secretary or a Health Unit Clerk.

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Popular Skills for Unit Clerk


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills 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. Those educated in Microsoft Office tend to be well versed 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $25K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $28K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $30K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $31K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


For Unit Clerks, Washington provides a pay rate that is 31 percent greater than the national average. Unit Clerks will also find cushy salaries in New York (+25 percent) and Toledo (+19 percent). Miami is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent. On the whole, employers pay 6 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Jacksonville and Daytona Beach.

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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: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 23%
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