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Ward Clerk Salary

Ward Clerks in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $11.92 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $9.05 per hour, and the top verges on $17.74. Most Ward Clerks like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly more than a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$19,486 - $39,453
(Median)
$19K
$23K
$39K
MEDIAN: $22,600
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$9.05 - $17.74
(Median)
$9
$12
$18
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary 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$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,486 - $39,453  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $201.34  
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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$19,207 - $37,979  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.05 - $17.74  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $34.06  
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 - $201.34  
   
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).
)
$19,207 - $37,979  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 163

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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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Ward Clerks often transition into Registered Nurse positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Registered Nurses earn $55K per year.

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Survey results show that Ward Clerks typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Electronic Medical Records, Typing, Medical Terminology, and Medical Records are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Medical Records.

Pay by Experience Level for Ward Clerk

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Ward Clerks — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $23K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $26K. Ward Clerks bring in $28K after working for 10 to 20 years. Ward Clerks with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $30K.

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Experience Affects Ward Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Ward Clerk Salaries

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 7%

Medical Terminology
up arrow 2%

Typing
up arrow 2%

National Average
$25,000

Medical Records
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 22%
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