Medical records clerks organize and maintain patient information in a medical office, hospital or clinic. The clerk must pay close attention to detail to ensure the accuracy of the records. Employers may require an associate’s degree or certification in medical coding and billing to work in medical records. According to PayScale, the average salary for a medical records clerk is between $20,861 and $27,852 as of December 2010.
Experienced medical clerks earn the highest salaries with an average range between $20,449 and $56,010 for those with 20 years or more in the position. A medical records clerk with one to four years on the job earns an average salary of $20,400 to $30,490. Medical records clerks must continue to learn new technologies and skills to remain proficient in the job.
A number of factors such as location, employer and experience determine the salary a medical records clerk can earn. Cost of living is one reason location is a variable in determining medical records clerk salaries. For example, a clerk in New York earns an average salary between $20,952 and $32,000 while those in Georgia earn between $21,891 and $24,514. According to Sperling’s, the cost of living in Atlanta is 41 percent lower than it is in New York City.
Type of Employer
Medical records clerks may work for a hospital, non-profit organization, private practice or government agency. The salary for different employers varies. For example, a medical records clerk working for a hospital earns a salary between $22,399 and $31,616 while those working for a private practice earn $19,715 to $29,748, according to PayScale.
Benefits are another way employers add value to a compensation package. Medical records clerks receive benefits such as paid vacation, insurance, 401k plans and paid sick time. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports benefits increase the value of an annual salary by nearly 30 percent.