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Unit Secretary Salary

Women account for the majority of Unit Secretaries in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $13.07 per hour. Pay generally varies between $9.99 per hour and $16.96. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but years of experience and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$20,842 - $44,781
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$21K
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$45K
MEDIAN: $30,642
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$9.99 - $16.96
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,842 - $44,781  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $507  
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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$20,884 - $37,192  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 155
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.99 - $16.96  
   
Overtime
$1.54 - $26.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $507  
   
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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$20,884 - $37,192  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,616

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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. The most common next step for an Unit Secretary is to become a Registered Nurse or an Administrative Assistant. The former position pays an additional $27K per year on average, and the latter position pays $3K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Unit Secretary


Survey results suggest that Unit Secretaries put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Unit Secretaries — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $26K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $28K. For Unit Secretaries, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $30K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $32K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Unit Secretaries, busy Philadelphia offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 13 percent above the national average. Unit Secretaries can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+11 percent), Kansas City (+9 percent), Baltimore (+7 percent), and Houston (+4 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Birmingham Unit Secretaries earning much less — 20 percent less — than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Louisville (12 percent lower) and San Antonio (11 percent lower).

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
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National Average
$28,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 1%

Typing
up arrow 1%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 1%

Medical Terminology
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 226 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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