Unit Secretary Salary

Most Unit Secretaries in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $13.25 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $10.03 per hour and $17.25. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but career length and the particular employer are influential factors as well. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. For the most part, Unit Secretaries enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,077 - $42,228
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$22K
$30K
$42K
MEDIAN: $30,393
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$10.03 - $17.25
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$22,077 - $42,228  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $486.59  
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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$21,030 - $37,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $17.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$1.91 - $26.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $486.59  
   
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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$21,030 - $37,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,818
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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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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 Employer Salaries for Unit Secretary


Tenet Healthcare Corporation leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $29K.

Popular Skills for Unit Secretary


Survey results suggest that Unit Secretaries use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Medical Terminology, Scheduling, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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 who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $30K. 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

National Average: $28,071

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Unit Secretaries, 35 percent higher than the national average. Unit Secretaries can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+8 percent), Baltimore (+8 percent), Kansas City (+8 percent), and Philadelphia (+7 percent). Birmingham is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent. Employers in San Antonio and Memphis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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 11%

Medical Terminology
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Scheduling
0%

National Average
$28,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
up arrow 1%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 1%

Typing
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 228 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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