Unit Secretary Salary

Women comprise the majority of Unit Secretaries in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $13.16 per hour on average. Earnings sit near $9.96 per hour on the lower side but can approach $17.03 on the higher side. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though career duration and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Unit Secretaries is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$22,072 - $44,176

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$9.96 - $17.03

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$22,072 - $44,176  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $498.97  
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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$20,878 - $37,061  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 150
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $17.03  
   
Overtime
$1.54 - $26.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $498.97  
   
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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$20,878 - $37,061  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,656
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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.

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While Unit Secretaries do not often become Emergency Room Registered Nurses, the job pays $60K per year on average. It is quite typical for Unit Secretaries to transition into roles as Registered Nurses or Administrative Assistants, where reported median earnings are $27K and $3K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Unit Secretary


Unit Secretaries report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Scheduling, Medical Terminology, 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. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Unit Secretaries — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $26K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $28K. Unit Secretaries see a median salary of $30K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $32K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Unit Secretaries in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Unit Secretaries will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+10 percent), Dallas (+9 percent), Kansas City (+8 percent), and Baltimore (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Antonio, 12 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Memphis (8 percent less) and Richmond (5 percent less).

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
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Customer Service
0%

Medical Terminology
0%

Scheduling
0%

National Average
$28,000

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 231 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 20%
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