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Unit Secretary Salary

Unit Secretaries in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $13.02 per hour for pay. Pay generally varies between $9.98 per hour and $16.96. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the specific company are driving factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$20,589 - $44,845
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$21K
$30K
$45K
MEDIAN: $30,392
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$9.98 - $16.96
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,589 - $44,845  
   
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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$20,856 - $37,236  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 153
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.98 - $16.96  
   
Overtime
$1.54 - $26.14  
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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$20,856 - $37,236  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,572

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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.

Common Career Paths for Unit Secretary


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Though not the most common occurrence, Unit Secretaries sometimes become Emergency Room Registered Nurses, where the average income is $60K per year. 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


Unit Secretaries generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Scheduling, Customer Service, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Typing.

Pay by Experience Level for Unit Secretary

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


Unit Secretaries with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $26K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $28K. Unit Secretaries bring in $30K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $32K.

Pay Difference by Location


Philadelphia is home to an above-average pay rate for Unit Secretaries, 12 percent higher than the national average. Unit Secretaries can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+11 percent), Kansas City (+9 percent), Houston (+5 percent), and St. Louis (+5 percent). Birmingham is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent. Workers in San Antonio and Louisville earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 12 percent.

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
up arrow 13%

Customer Service
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Scheduling
0%

National Average
$28,000

Data Entry
up arrow 1%

Typing
up arrow 1%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 1%

Medical Terminology
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 228 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 19%