Unit Secretary, Emergency Room (ER) Salary

Emergency Room Unit Secretaries in the United States take home an average $13.15 per hour. Pay generally varies between $9.87 per hour and $17.27. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about a fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by a majority. For the most part, Emergency Room Unit Secretaries enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more female Emergency Room Unit Secretaries who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 90 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$23,490 - $58,723
(Median)
$23K
$31K
$59K
MEDIAN: $31,060
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$9.87 - $17.27
(Median)
$9
$13
$17
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$23,490 - $58,723  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $248.32  
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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$20,757 - $39,193  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.87 - $17.27  
   
Overtime
$0.70 - $23.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $248.32  
   
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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$20,757 - $39,193  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 187
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Job Description for Unit Secretary, Emergency Room (ER)

An emergency room (ER) unit secretary is in charge of ensuring incoming patients and visitors are directed to the proper area upon arrival into the hospital. They generally talk to patients' families about whether the patient can be visited at that time, as well as answer phone calls at the nursing station or front desk; they also redirect calls to the appropriate person or unit as needed. In addition, emergency room unit secretaries are usually responsible for admitting patients into the emergency waiting room, as well as checking individuals in and out for inpatient and outpatient care and therapies. The emergency room unit secretary must keep all files and paperwork organized for easy access, as nurses and other hospital staff generally need to pull up pertinent information on patients.

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Unit Secretary, Emergency Room (ER) Tasks

  • Receive and route messages and documents such as laboratory results to appropriate staff.
  • Answer telephones, and direct calls to appropriate staff.
  • Interview patients to complete documents, case histories, and forms such as intake and insurance forms.
  • Maintain and compile records, technical library and correspondence files.

Common Career Paths for Unit Secretary, Emergency Room (ER)


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For Emergency Room Unit Secretaries, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Emergency Room Unit Secretaries earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Unit Secretary.

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Pay by Experience Level for Unit Secretary, Emergency Room (ER)

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


Emergency Room Unit Secretaries with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $27K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $28K. On average, Emergency Room Unit Secretaries make $29K following one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $35K.

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Experience Affects Unit Secretary, Emergency Room (ER) Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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