Women make up the vast majority of Unit Secretaries in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $13.51 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by tenure and the particular employer. Work is enjoyable for Unit Secretaries, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — just over a fifth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,473 - $42,567
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MEDIAN: $29,533
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National Salary Data (?
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$21,473 - $42,567  
   
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$0.00 - $2,000  
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$21,469 - $37,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 100
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$10.28 - $17.37  
   
Overtime
$4.17 - $26.69  
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$21,469 - $37,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,380
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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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While not commonly seen, Unit Secretaries who transition into an Emergency Room Registered Nurse position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Emergency Room Registered Nurses is $61K per year. Registered Nurses or Administrative Assistants are common next-step roles for Unit Secretaries moving up in their careers; annual pay for Registered Nurses is $27K higher on average, and it's $3K higher for Administrative Assistants.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Unit Secretary


HCA, Inc., Indiana University (IU) Health, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Baptist Health Systems, and Northside Hospital are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Unit Secretaries. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Tenet Healthcare Corporation offers the most; Unit Secretaries earn $29K on average there.

Popular Skills for Unit Secretary


Unit Secretaries report using a large range 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 10 percent and 15 percent. Most people who know 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, 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 $29K. Unit Secretaries with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $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

National Average: $28,431

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New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Unit Secretaries, 30 percent above the national average. Unit Secretaries can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Baltimore (+8 percent), Miami (+6 percent), Charlotte (+5 percent), and Houston (+3 percent). Birmingham is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Louisville and 10 percent less in St. Louis, 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

Filing
up arrow 15%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 10%

Order Inventory
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 9%

Telemetry
up arrow 6%

Medical Terminology
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Bilingual
up arrow 2%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 1%

Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
0%

Data Entry
0%

Typing
0%

Medical Records
0%

National Average
$28,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 135 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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