Unit Secretary Salary

The larger portion of Unit Secretaries in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $13.63 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and the specific company. Most Unit Secretaries report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$20,241 - $42,294
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$29K
$42K
MEDIAN: $29,204
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$10.62 - $17.96
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MEDIAN: $13.63
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$0$42K
Salary $20,241 - $42,294
Bonus $0.02 - $2,027
Total Pay (?
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$22,153 - $38,787
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 82
Hourly Data $0$26
Hourly Rate $10.62 - $17.96
Overtime $3.09 - $26.59
Annual Data $0$38K
Bonus $0.02 - $2,027
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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$22,153 - $38,787
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,336

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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

  • Act as first contact, communications hub, and receptionist for a medical unit.
  • Answer telephones, relay messages, and communicate with patients and physicians.
  • Perform administrative and paperwork tasks like admitting patients, requisitioning supplies, and entering orders.

Common Career Paths for Unit Secretary


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Unit Secretaries' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Emergency Room Registered Nurse. The average Emergency Room Registered Nurse brings home $61K 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.

Unit Secretary Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Unit Secretary


HCA, Inc., Indiana University (IU) Health, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Baptist Health Systems, and Northside Hospital are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Unit Secretaries. Tenet Healthcare Corporation attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $29K.

Popular Skills for Unit Secretary


Survey takers working as Unit Secretaries report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Filing, Order Inventory, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Telemetry and Bilingual. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know Typing.

Pay by Experience Level for Unit Secretary

Pay by Experience for a Unit Secretary has a positive trend. An entry-level Unit Secretary with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 690 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Unit Secretary with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 399 salaries. An experienced Unit Secretary which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 434 salaries. A Unit Secretary with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 200 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,697

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

For Unit Secretaries, above-average compensation can be found going east — in New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, in particular. Louisville ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 10 percent less in St. Louis and 2 percent less in Indianapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Unit Secretary Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Unit Secretary?

Unit Secretary in Dallas:
"UNIT SECRETARY OF ICU."
Pros: 3 DAYS A WEEK IS FULL TIME BECAUSE THEY ARE 12 HOUR SHIFTS...HELPING PEOPLE....GREAT BENEFITS.
Cons: LONG HOURS.

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 Deland:
"Coordinating Patient paperwork, taking phone calls."
Pros: Helping people.
Cons: Too many responsibilities.

Unit Secretary in San Antonio:
"Hectic."
Pros: Working only three days per week.
Cons: The disorganization of the unit.

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.

Unit Secretary in Tulsa:
Pros:
Cons: Inconsistant management and poor computerized training.

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Key Stats for Unit Secretary

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 154 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Unit Secretary Salaries

▲14%

▲6%

▲2%

National Average
$29,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Unit Secretary Salaries

Filing
▲13%

Microsoft Excel
▲9%

Order Inventory
▲9%

Microsoft Office
▲8%





▲1%

Microsoft Word
▲1%

Data Entry
▼0%

Typing
▼0%

National Average
$29,000

Bilingual
▼6%

Telemetry
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 154 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 22%
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