Unit Secretary Salary

Unit Secretaries in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $13.63 per hour for pay. While experience level and the particular employer impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. While close to one-fifth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,377 - $43,402
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MEDIAN: $28,978
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$10.38 - $17.76
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MEDIAN: $13.63
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,377 - $43,402  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$21,649 - $38,502  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$10.38 - $17.76  
   
Overtime
$4.45 - $26.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $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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$21,649 - $38,502  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,343

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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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At the upper end, Unit Secretaries who move into an Emergency Room Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Emergency Room Registered Nurses is a much higher $61K per year. Typical career progression for an Unit Secretary involves becoming a Registered Nurse or an Administrative Assistant, roles that pay $27K more and $3K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Unit Secretary


HCA, Inc., Indiana University (IU) Health, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Baptist Health Systems, and Northside Hospital are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Unit Secretaries. Those at Tenet Healthcare Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $29K.

Popular Skills for Unit Secretary


Unit Secretaries report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include 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: $28,686

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

Unit Secretaries earn a generous sum in eastern parts of the United States: New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore each offer salaries above the national average. The lowest-paying market is Louisville, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Employers in St. Louis and Indianapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 2 percent lower, 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 134 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Unit Secretary Salaries

▲14%

▲6%

▲2%

National Average
$29,000

▼8%

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 134 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
19%
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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