Unit Secretary Salary

Women account for the majority of Unit Secretaries in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $13.69 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but tenure and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Between a fifth and a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Most Unit Secretaries like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,413 - $42,595
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$30K
$43K
MEDIAN: $29,843
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$10.76 - $18.39
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$0$42K
Salary $20,413 - $42,595
Bonus $0.00 - $2,013
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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$22,442 - $39,496
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 98
Hourly Data $0$28
Hourly Rate $10.76 - $18.39
Hourly Tips $1.00
Overtime $3.88 - $28.16
Annual Data $0$39K
Bonus $0.00 - $2,013
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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$22,442 - $39,496
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,278

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.

Common Career Paths for Unit Secretary


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Unit Secretaries who go on to become Emergency Room Registered Nurses may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Emergency Room Registered Nurses is $61K annually. Unit Secretaries moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Registered Nurses or Administrative Assistants. The median paychecks in those roles are $27K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

Unit Secretary Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Unit Secretary


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Unit Secretaries include HCA, Inc., Indiana University (IU) Health, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Baptist Health Systems, and Northside Hospital. Unit Secretaries seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Tenet Healthcare Corporation, where the average salary comes to $29K.

Popular Skills for Unit Secretary


Unit Secretaries seem to exploit 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 8 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Telemetry and Bilingual. The majority of those who know Customer Service also know Typing.

Pay by Experience Level for Unit Secretary

Pay by Experience for a Unit Secretary has a positive trend. An entry-level Unit Secretary with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 690 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Unit Secretary with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 399 salaries. An experienced Unit Secretary which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 434 salaries. A Unit Secretary with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 200 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,986

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

Eastern cities like New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore are lucrative areas for Unit Secretaries, where pay is higher than the national average. Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Louisville is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are St. Louis (11 percent less) and Indianapolis (2 percent less).

Unit Secretary Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Unit Secretary?

Unit Secretary in Dallas:
"UNIT SECRETARY OF ICU."
Pros: 3 DAYS A WEEK IS FULL TIME BECAUSE THEY ARE 12 HOUR SHIFTS...HELPING PEOPLE....GREAT BENEFITS.
Cons: LONG HOURS.

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 Deland:
"Coordinating Patient paperwork, taking phone calls."
Pros: Helping people.
Cons: Too many responsibilities.

Unit Secretary in San Antonio:
"Hectic."
Pros: Working only three days per week.
Cons: The disorganization of the unit.

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.

Unit Secretary in Tulsa:
Pros:
Cons: Inconsistant management and poor computerized training.

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Key Stats for Unit Secretary

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 173 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%

Experience Affects Unit Secretary Salaries

▲13%

▲5%

▲1%

National Average
$29,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Unit Secretary Salaries

Filing
▲12%

Microsoft Excel
▲8%

Order Inventory
▲8%

Microsoft Office
▲7%





▼0%

Microsoft Word
▼0%

National Average
$29,000

Data Entry
▼1%

Typing
▼1%

Bilingual
▼7%

Telemetry
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 173 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 22%