Unit Secretary Salary

Unit Secretaries in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $13.62 per hour for pay. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and the specific company are driving factors as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. Most Unit Secretaries report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$20,273 - $42,449
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MEDIAN: $28,705
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$10.47 - $17.92
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MEDIAN: $13.62
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
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$20,273 - $42,449  
   
Bonus
$0.05 - $2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$21,851 - $38,817  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 90
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$10.47 - $17.92  
   
Overtime
$4.39 - $26.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.05 - $2,000  
   
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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$21,851 - $38,817  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,366

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Job Description for Unit Secretary

The unit secretary is responsible for coordinating non-clinical activities on a nursing unit. These duties include processing physician orders and managing communications among the nursing staff, physicians, visitors, patients, and ancillary departments. The unit secretary is also the first point of contact for anyone entering the department looking for patients or staff members, so they must present a professional demeanor at all times.

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Unit Secretary Tasks

  • Act as first contact, communications hub, and receptionist for a medical unit.
  • Answer telephones, relay messages, and communicate with patients and physicians.
  • Perform administrative and paperwork tasks like admitting patients, requisitioning supplies, and entering orders.

Common Career Paths for Unit Secretary


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Unit Secretaries may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Emergency Room Registered Nurse. The latter position pays an average of $61K annually. A common career progression for an Unit Secretary is to become a Registered Nurse or an Administrative Assistant. Compared to Unit Secretaries, the first group earns $27K more on average, and the second group earns $3K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Unit Secretary


Known for taking on a considerable number of Unit Secretaries, HCA, Inc., Indiana University (IU) Health, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Baptist Health Systems, and Northside Hospital are leading firms in the industry. Tenet Healthcare Corporation offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $29K.

Popular Skills for Unit Secretary


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Filing, Order Inventory, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Telemetry and Bilingual. It is often found that people who know Customer Service are also skilled in Typing.

Pay by Experience Level for Unit Secretary

Pay by Experience for a Unit Secretary has a positive trend. An entry-level Unit Secretary with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 690 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Unit Secretary with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 399 salaries. An experienced Unit Secretary which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 434 salaries. A Unit Secretary with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 200 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,663

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

For Unit Secretaries, New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, three eastern American cities, are home to the highest salaries in the country, all offering a rate above the national average. Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Louisville is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in St. Louis and Indianapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

Unit Secretary Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Unit Secretary?

Unit Secretary in Pittsburgh:
"Work."
Pros: Watching people get better so they can go home to their families. No one likes to be in the hospital. It's a beautiful feeling to see them go home.
Cons: The Red tape of the system at times. Also the sadness that comes with working in a hospital.

Unit Secretary in West Palm Beach:
"Organization, Audits, Major Stress."
Pros: I can help one person stay off drugs, it makes it all worth it.
Cons: Management.

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Key Stats for Unit Secretary

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 154 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Unit Secretary Salaries

▲15%

▲7%

▲2%

National Average
$29,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Unit Secretary Salaries

Filing
▲14%

Microsoft Excel
▲9%

Order Inventory
▲9%

Microsoft Office
▲8%


Microsoft Word
▲2%




▲1%

Data Entry
▼0%

Typing
▼0%

National Average
$29,000

Bilingual
▼6%

Telemetry
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 154 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 21%
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