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Unit Clerk Salary

Most Unit Clerks in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $12.45 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.85 per hour on the low end to $16.50 on the high end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Some workers in this field — just over a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Unit Clerks. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$20,467 - $35,716
(Median)
$20K
$29K
$36K
MEDIAN: $29,450
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$9.85 - $16.50
(Median)
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$12
$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$20,467 - $35,716  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $497.49  
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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$20,577 - $35,621  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.85 - $16.50  
   
Overtime
$10.36 - $23.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $497.49  
   
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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$20,577 - $35,621  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 505

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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 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


Unit Clerks generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $25K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $28K. Unit Clerks bring in $30K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 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 (+21 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Jacksonville, 6 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 4 percent less in San Antonio and 2 percent less in Columbus, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 7%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 5%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
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
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 23%