Unit Secretary Salary

Unit Secretaries in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $13.59 per hour. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one in five lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. Most Unit Secretaries report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$20,457 - $42,746
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$29K
$43K
MEDIAN: $29,084
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$10.34 - $17.56
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MEDIAN: $13.59
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,457 - $42,746  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,973  
Total Pay (?
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$21,548 - $38,100  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 97
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$10.34 - $17.56  
   
Overtime
$3.93 - $26.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,973  
   
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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$21,548 - $38,100  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,411

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Unit Secretaries sometimes become Emergency Room Registered Nurses, where the average income is $61K per year. 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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Unit Secretaries include HCA, Inc., Indiana University (IU) Health, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Baptist Health Systems, and Northside Hospital. Those at Tenet Healthcare Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $29K.

Popular Skills for Unit Secretary


Unit Secretaries report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Telemetry. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $27K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $29K. Unit Secretaries with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $31K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Unit Secretary with more than 20 years of experience can earn $33K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,581

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

Surpassing the national average by 30 percent, Unit Secretaries in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Unit Secretaries can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Baltimore (+7 percent), Miami (+5 percent), Rochester (+4 percent), and Chicago (+2 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Louisville is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in St. Louis (11 percent lower) and San Antonio (7 percent lower).

Unit Secretary Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Unit Secretary

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 139 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Unit Secretary Salaries

▲15%

▲7%

▲1%

National Average
$29,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Unit Secretary Salaries

Filing
▲14%

Microsoft Excel
▲9%

Order Inventory
▲9%

Microsoft Office
▲8%


Microsoft Word
▲2%

Bilingual
▲2%




▲1%

Data Entry
▼0%

Typing
▼0%

National Average
$29,000

Telemetry
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 139 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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