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Ward Clerk Salary

Ward Clerks in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $11.90 per hour for pay. Earnings sit near $9.11 per hour on the lower side but can approach $17.77 on the higher side. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, approximately one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Work is enjoyable for Ward Clerks, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,447 - $39,732
(Median)
$19K
$22K
$40K
MEDIAN: $21,541
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$9.11 - $17.77
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,447 - $39,732  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $202.73  
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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$19,295 - $38,087  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.11 - $17.77  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $33.92  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $202.73  
   
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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$19,295 - $38,087  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 162

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Job Description for Ward Clerk

Ward clerks are responsible for a variety of clerical and administrative duties related to patient care in a clinic or hospital ward. Tasks performed by the ward clerk include greeting patients, answering phone calls, handling general inquiries, gathering test results and other lab reports, and directing results and reports to the appropriate medical staff member. Ward clerks also retrieve medication and distribute it to the proper caregivers, and they may retrieve blood products or equipment from other departments as needed. Under the supervision of their medical staff supervisor (such as a charge nurse or clinic manager), they update medical records as needed. Ward clerks transcribe verbal orders and complete request forms for tests and referrals to other departments when ordered by medical professionals. Additionally, they direct visitors to appropriate departments and deliver patient mail.

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Ward Clerk Tasks

  • Provide clerical support, including giving patients documentation and instructional materials.
  • Monitor and interpret live patient data, identifying problems.
  • Transcribe and enter orders and notes for hospital staff.

Common Career Paths for Ward Clerk


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Many Ward Clerks move into a Registered Nurse role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $55K per year.

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Ward Clerks typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Electronic Medical Records, Medical Terminology, Typing, and Medical Records are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Medical Records.

Pay by Experience Level for Ward Clerk

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Ward Clerks, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $23K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $26K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Ward Clerks make a median salary of $28K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $30K.

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Experience Affects Ward Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Ward Clerk Salaries

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 7%

Typing
up arrow 3%

Medical Terminology
up arrow 3%

National Average
$25,000

Medical Records
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 21%