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Unit Secretary Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Unit Secretaries in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $13.08 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $9.98 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $16.98. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by experience level and the specific company. For the most part, Unit Secretaries enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,895 - $44,355
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$21K
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$44K
MEDIAN: $30,448
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$9.98 - $16.98
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,895 - $44,355  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $505  
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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$20,857 - $37,096  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 157
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.98 - $16.98  
   
Overtime
$1.53 - $26.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $505  
   
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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$20,857 - $37,096  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,624
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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 it's uncommon, some Unit Secretaries move into roles as Emergency Room Registered Nurses, where pay is an average $60K per year. Registered Nurses or Administrative Assistants are common next-step roles for Unit Secretaries moving up in their careers; annual pay for Registered Nurses is $27K higher on average, and it's $3K higher for Administrative Assistants.

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Popular Skills for Unit Secretary


Survey results show that Unit Secretaries use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Scheduling, Medical Terminology, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in 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 have a median salary of $26K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $28K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $30K in this role. Unit Secretaries who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $32K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Unit Secretaries will find that Philadelphia offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 12 percent. Unit Secretaries can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+10 percent), Kansas City (+9 percent), Baltimore (+7 percent), and Houston (+4 percent). Unit Secretaries in Birmingham report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 20 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers in Louisville and San Antonio also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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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%

Medical Terminology
0%

Scheduling
0%

National Average
$28,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 1%

Typing
up arrow 1%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 227 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: 78% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 19%
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