Ward Clerk Salary

The larger portion of Ward Clerks in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $12.10 per hour. Earnings sit near $9.34 per hour on the lower side but can approach $17.57 on the higher side. Some workers in this field — around one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. Job satisfaction for Ward Clerks is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,386 - $48,000
(Median)
$19K
$26K
$48K
MEDIAN: $26,500
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$9.34 - $17.57
(Median)
$9
$12
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,386 - $48,000  
   
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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$19,591 - $37,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.34 - $17.57  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $34.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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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).
)
$19,591 - $37,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 212
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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 usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Electronic Medical Records, Typing, Medical Terminology, and Medical Records are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Medical Records. Aptitude in Medical Terminology tends to also indicate an understanding of Typing.

Pay by Experience Level for Ward Clerk

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $24K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $26K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $29K. Ward Clerks who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Ward Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Ward Clerk Salaries

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 5%

Typing
up arrow 2%

National Average
$25,000

Medical Terminology
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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