Unit Secretary Salary

Most Unit Secretaries in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $13.13 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.97 per hour on the low end to $17.03 on the high end. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but tenure and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and more than half earn dental coverage. The majority of Unit Secretaries claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,154 - $44,412
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$21K
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$44K
MEDIAN: $30,381
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$9.97 - $17.03
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$21,154 - $44,412  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $502  
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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$20,862 - $37,159  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 156
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.97 - $17.03  
   
Overtime
$1.53 - $26.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $502  
   
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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$20,862 - $37,159  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,645
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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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Unit Secretaries do not often transition into Emergency Room Registered Nurse roles. The role averages $60K per year. Unit Secretaries moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Registered Nurses or Administrative Assistants. The median paychecks in those roles are $27K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Unit Secretary


Unit Secretaries seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Scheduling, Medical Terminology, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with 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.


For Unit Secretaries, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $26K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $28K. Unit Secretaries with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $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 Secretaries, Philadelphia provides a pay rate that is 12 percent greater than the national average. Unit Secretaries will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+10 percent), Kansas City (+9 percent), Baltimore (+7 percent), and Houston (+5 percent). Louisville ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 12 percent less in San Antonio and 8 percent less in Memphis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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 13%

Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
0%

Medical Terminology
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 229 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
35%
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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