Unit Clerk Salary (United States)

Most Unit Clerks in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $12.38 per hour;. Compensation ranges from $9.86 per hour on the low end to $16.56 on the high end. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Some workers in this field—about one-fifth—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by most and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. For the most part, Unit Clerks enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Unit Clerk Salary (?
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$20,520 - $35,856
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MEDIAN: $29,354
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Unit Clerk Salary (?
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$9.86 - $16.56
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National Salary Data

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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$20,520 - $35,856  
   
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$0.00 - $507  
Total Pay (?
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$20,571 - $35,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.86 - $16.56  
   
Overtime
$10.49 - $25.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $507  
   
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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$20,571 - $35,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 445
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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.

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Compensation usually increases greatly for Unit Clerks who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Registered Nurse may make an additional $28K per year than lower-end positions. It is not unusual for an Unit Clerk to become an Unit Secretary or a Health Unit Clerk.

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Popular Skills for Unit Clerk

Survey results imply that Unit Clerks put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Electronic Medical Records (EMR), Data Entry, Medical Records, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 11 percent, 10 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. 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.
Unit Clerks with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. Salaries start at $25K, which grows to $27K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $29K. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job but they do accelerate at a slower rate, and Unit Clerks tend to earn $33K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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For those looking to make money, Unit Clerks in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Unit Clerks will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+15 percent) and Atlanta (+3 percent). Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Jacksonville.

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Experience Affects Unit Clerk Salaries

National Average
$26,000

Skills That Affect Unit Clerk Salaries

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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$26,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
92%
female alumni
 
Male
8%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 21%