Unit Secretary Salary

Women account for the majority of Unit Secretaries in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $13.25 per hour. Pay ranges from $10.03 per hour on the low end to $17.25 on the high end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though experience level and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Unit Secretaries. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$22,077 - $42,228
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$22K
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$42K
MEDIAN: $30,393
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$10.03 - $17.25
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$22,077 - $42,228  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $486.59  
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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$21,030 - $37,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $17.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$1.91 - $26.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $486.59  
   
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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$21,030 - $37,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,818
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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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It's not very common for Unit Secretaries to move on to become Emergency Room Registered Nurses. Average pay for an Emergency Room Registered Nurse is $60K 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


The biggest paychecks can be found at Tenet Healthcare Corporation — the median salary there is $29K.

Popular Skills for Unit Secretary


Survey results show that Unit Secretaries use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Medical Terminology, Scheduling, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word. For most people, competency in Customer Service indicates knowledge of 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $26K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $28K. On average, Unit Secretaries make $30K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $32K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,071

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

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Unit Secretaries, 35 percent above the national average. Unit Secretaries will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+8 percent), Baltimore (+8 percent), Kansas City (+8 percent), and Philadelphia (+7 percent). Birmingham is the lowest-paying area, 18 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Antonio and Memphis (11 percent lower and 10 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
up arrow 11%

Medical Terminology
up arrow 1%

Scheduling
0%

National Average
$28,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
up arrow 1%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 1%

Typing
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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