Unit Clerk Salary

The larger portion of Unit Clerks in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $13.26 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Unit Clerks report high levels of job satisfaction. While one-fifth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,761 - $45,615
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MEDIAN: $30,619
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$10.06 - $18.21
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MEDIAN: $13.26
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$18,761 - $45,615  
   
Total Pay (?
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$20,941 - $39,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 29
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.06 - $18.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.78  
Overtime
$9.09 - $30.57  
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$0$22K$44K$66K
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$20,941 - $39,233  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 544

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Unit Clerks sometimes become Registered Nurses, where the average income is $56K per year. However, becoming a Unit Secretary or Health Unit Clerk is a more frequent transition for Unit Clerks.

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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, Bilingual, Medical Records, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Electronic Medical Records and Medical Terminology. For most people, competency in Microsoft Office indicates knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Unit Clerk

Pay by Experience for a Unit Clerk has a positive trend. An entry-level Unit Clerk with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 317 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Unit Clerk with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 148 salaries. An experienced Unit Clerk which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 155 salaries. A Unit Clerk with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 61 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,003

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

San Diego is home to an above-average pay rate for Unit Clerks, 47 percent higher than the national average. Unit Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+37 percent), Philadelphia (+19 percent), Toledo (+13 percent), and Washington (+11 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Unit Clerk's salary, with Montgomery Unit Clerks earning salaries that are 38 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Miami (19 percent less) and Augusta (15 percent less).

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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 65 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Unit Clerk Salaries

▲16%

▲9%

▲1%

National Average
$28,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Unit Clerk Salaries

Data Entry
▲5%

Bilingual
▲2%

Medical Records
▲1%



National Average
$28,000

Microsoft Word
▼1%



Medical Terminology
▼3%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 21%
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