Medical Records Clerk Salary

Medical Records Clerks in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $12.90 per hour for pay. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though geography and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by a little over a half. Job satisfaction for Medical Records Clerks is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$21,358 - $41,038
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MEDIAN: $29,927
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$10.07 - $16.83
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$0$41K
Salary $21,358 - $41,038
Bonus $50.00 - $1,870
Profit Sharing $450.00
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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$21,032 - $35,986
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 107
Hourly Data $0$26
Hourly Rate $10.07 - $16.83
Overtime $13.43 - $26.03
Annual Data $0$35K
Bonus $50.00 - $1,870
Profit Sharing $450.00
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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$21,032 - $35,986
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,396

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Job Description for Medical Records Clerk

Medical records clerks normally report to an office manager or supervisor, and are expected to handle many different roles as regards the handling of records, files, and data. They often help with the handling and filing of data, which can involve filing various patient charts and files in physical form and through computer data entry. In most medical offices, the clerk is expected to scan and file various documents related to prescriptions and prescription files as well.

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Medical Records Clerk Tasks

  • Release information to persons and agencies according to regulations.
  • Process and forward patient and physician record requests; utilizes paper and electronic systems.
  • Organize and file all patients' medical records including charts and reports in order to compile documentation of conditions and treatments.
  • Assist with departmental audits and research.

Common Career Paths for Medical Records Clerk


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Though some Medical Records Clerks move into positions like Registered Nurse (where the average salary is $56K), this progression is not the norm. Health Information Technicians or Administrative Assistants are common next-step roles for Medical Records Clerks moving up in their careers; annual pay for Health Information Technicians is $1K higher on average, and it's $4K higher for Administrative Assistants.

Medical Records Clerk Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Records Clerk


The biggest paychecks can be found at Vibra Healthcare — the median salary there is $33K.

Popular Skills for Medical Records Clerk


Survey results imply that Medical Records Clerks deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Data Entry, Electronic Medical Records, HIPAA Compliance, and Records Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Scheduling. A tool kit that includes Medical Records also typically contains Filing and Data Entry. Most people skilled in Electronic Medical Records are similarly competent in Data Entry and Filing.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Records Clerk

Pay by Experience for a Medical Records Clerk has a positive trend. An entry-level Medical Records Clerk with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 930 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Medical Records Clerk with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 393 salaries. An experienced Medical Records Clerk which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 350 salaries. A Medical Records Clerk with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 89 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,375

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Medical Records Clerks, New York provides a pay rate that is 17 percent greater than the national average. Medical Records Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+15 percent), Atlanta (+12 percent), Portland (+10 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Birmingham, 13 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Wilmington and 10 percent less in Tampa, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Medical Records Clerk Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Medical Records Clerk?

Medical Records Clerk in Italy:
"I really like it."
Pros: Everything I love my job and the people.
Cons: The pay I don't feel like the pay is enough.

Medical Records Clerk in Goleta:
"Boring."
Pros: Fast pace.
Cons: No music.

Medical Records Clerk in St. Louis:
"A head of many hats."
Pros: I like my job because I can see my progress.
Cons: I do more work than I should be expected to do for my hourly rate.

Medical Records Clerk in Artesia:
Pros: Paperwork, the patients, stability, the hours.
Cons: Audits, the work environment on occasion, people's negative attitudes, getting interrupted constantly, stress level.

Medical Records Clerk in Winston-Salem:
"I love my job."
Pros: All the benefits and all that I have learn.
Cons: The pay.

Medical Records Clerk in Muskogee:
"Office conditions, stress level, perks, the management."
Pros: Low stress work environment.
Cons: Work load can be slow at times.

Medical Records Clerk in Sebastopol:
"Great Atmosphere!"
Pros: What I like most about my job, is that I am able to work on my own pace, able to ask question and l always learn something new each day. Its a lovely facility and the staff is awesome.
Cons: N/A.

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Key Stats for Medical Records Clerk

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 260 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Medical Records Clerk Salaries

▲11%

▲7%

▲1%

National Average
$27,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Medical Records Clerk Salaries

National Average
$27,000



▼1%

Records Management
▼2%

▼2%




Medical Coding
▼3%

▼4%

Scheduling
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 260 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 29%
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