Unit Secretary Salary

Most Unit Secretaries in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $13.13 per hour. Earnings sit near $9.96 per hour on the lower side but can approach $17.02 on the higher side. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by career duration and the specific company. Job satisfaction for Unit Secretaries is high. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,154 - $44,412
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MEDIAN: $30,281
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$9.96 - $17.02
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$21,154 - $44,412  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $504  
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$20,829 - $37,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $17.02  
   
Overtime
$1.54 - $26.15  
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $504  
   
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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$20,829 - $37,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,659
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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

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

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There are some Unit Secretaries — though it's uncommon — that transition into Emergency Room Registered Nurses, where earnings are an average $60K annually. Unit Secretaries moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Registered Nurses or Administrative Assistants. The median paychecks in those roles are $27K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Unit Secretary


Survey results suggest that Unit Secretaries put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Scheduling, Medical Terminology, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know Typing.

Pay by Experience Level for Unit Secretary

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


Unit Secretaries do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $26K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $28K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $30K. Unit Secretaries with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $32K.

Pay Difference by Location


Unit Secretaries will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 24 percent. Unit Secretaries can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+12 percent), Dallas (+10 percent), Kansas City (+9 percent), and Baltimore (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is San Antonio. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Memphis and Richmond (8 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Unit Secretary Reviews

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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Experience Affects Unit Secretary Salaries




National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Unit Secretary Salaries

Microsoft Office
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Customer Service
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Medical Terminology
0%

Scheduling
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National Average
$28,000

Data Entry
up arrow 1%

Typing
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
up arrow 1%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 230 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 19%
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