Unit Clerk Salary

Women account for the majority of Unit Clerks in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $13.09 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Unit Clerks like their work and job satisfaction is high. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$18,942 - $45,738
$19K
$31K
$46K
MEDIAN: $31,114
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$9.93 - $18.07
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$13
$18
MEDIAN: $13.09
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$18,942 - $45,738  
   
Total Pay (?
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$20,735 - $38,887  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.93 - $18.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.78  
Overtime
$12.00 - $27.23  
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$20,735 - $38,887  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 543

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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

  • 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


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There are some Unit Clerks — though it's uncommon — that transition into Registered Nurses, where earnings are an average $56K annually. A more common career path for Unit Clerks is stepping into the role of Unit Secretary or 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, Bilingual, Medical Records, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Electronic Medical Records. Most people skilled in Microsoft Office are similarly competent in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Unit Clerk

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Unit Clerks, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $28K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $26K. Unit Clerks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $31K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $33K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,756

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Unit Clerks that is 46 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Unit Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+38 percent), Philadelphia (+19 percent), Toledo (+14 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Unit Clerks in Montgomery earning a whopping 35 percent below the national average. Workers in Miami and Augusta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (20 percent less and 14 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Unit Clerk

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Unit Clerk Salaries

▲18%

▲12%

▲2%

National Average
$28,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Unit Clerk Salaries

Data Entry
▲6%

Bilingual
▲3%

Medical Records
▲2%


Microsoft Word
▼0%

Microsoft Excel
▼0%

Customer Service
▼0%

National Average
$28,000


Medical Terminology
▼3%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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