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Career profile Medical Records Clerk

Also known as Coder, Health Information Clerk, Health Information Specialist, Health Information Technician (Health Information Tech), Medical Records Clerk, Medical Records Coordinator, Medical Records Technician (Medical Records Tech), Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)

Medical Records Clerk

Also known as Coder, Health Information Clerk, Health Information Specialist

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$28,800 - $73,370 (annual)
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What does a Medical Records Clerk do?

Medical Records Clerks compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the healthcare system.

In addition, Medical Records Clerks

  • classify medical and healthcare concepts, including diagnosis, procedures, medical services, and equipment, into the healthcare industry's numerical coding system,
  • includes medical coders.

What is a Medical Records Clerk salary?

The median salary for a Medical Records Clerk is $44,090, and the average salary is $48,270. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Medical Records Clerk salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.

Many Medical Records Clerks earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Medical Records Clerks earn less than $28,800 per year, 25% earn less than $34,810, 75% earn less than $57,840, and 90% earn less than $73,370.

Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Medical Records Clerks is expected to change by 8.5%, and there should be roughly 27,400 open positions for Medical Records Clerks every year.

Median annual salary
$44,090
Typical salary range
$28,800 - $73,370
Projected growth (2020 - 2030)
8.5%

What personality traits are common among Medical Records Clerks?

Interests

Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.

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Values

People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.

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Psychological Demands

Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.

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What education and training do Medical Records Clerks need?

Medical Records Clerks often have training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Medical Records Clerks usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.

Educational degrees among Medical Records Clerks

  • 1.4% did not complete high school or secondary school
  • 14.8% completed high school or secondary school
  • 26.0% completed some college coursework
  • 19.7% earned a Associate's degree
  • 24.5% earned a Bachelor's degree
  • 11.1% earned a Master's degree
  • 2.4% earned a doctorate or professional degree

Knowledge and expertise required by Medical Records Clerks

Through education, training, or experience, most Medical Records Clerks will need to be proficient in mutliple areas to perform their job well.

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Important Abilities needed by Medical Records Clerks

Medical Records Clerks must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.

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Critical Skills needed by Medical Records Clerks

Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.

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What is the source of this information?

The information provided on this page is adapted from data and descriptions published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration under the CC BY 4.0 license. TraitLab has modified some information for ease of use and reading, and the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment, and Training Administration has not approved, endorsed, or tested these modifications.

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