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Unit Secretary Salary

Unit Secretarys in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $12.96 per hour for pay. Lower pay rates hover around $9.97 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $16.88. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though years of experience and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Unit Secretarys is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$20,570 - $44,908
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,570 - $44,908  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $508  
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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$20,858 - $37,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 152
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.97 - $16.88  
   
Overtime
$1.96 - $25.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $508  
   
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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$20,858 - $37,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,563
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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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Unit Secretarys who advance into the role of a Emergency Room Registered Nurse are fairly uncommon. Emergency Room Registered Nurses on average earn $60K per year. Career advancement for the typical Unit Secretary often leads to becoming a Registered Nurse or an Administrative Assistant; median salaries in these positions are $27K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Unit Secretary


Survey results show that Unit Secretarys use a fair number of skills. 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 Secretarys do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $25K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $28K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $30K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $32K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Unit Secretarys, busy Philadelphia offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 13 percent above the national average. Unit Secretarys can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+12 percent), St. Louis (+10 percent), Kansas City (+10 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Birmingham. Employers in San Antonio and Louisville also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent less).

Unit Secretary Reviews

What is it like working as an Unit Secretary?
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 12%

Customer Service
0%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
0%

Scheduling
0%

National Average
$28,000

Data Entry
up arrow 1%

Typing
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Medical Terminology
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 218 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
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: 20%