Without a health unit coordinator the daily administrative tasks of a health care facility would distract medical professionals, who would have less time to spend with patients. As support staff, the health unit coordinator handles patient admittance, discharge and transfer forms, transcribes medical chart notes, prepares death and birth certificates and orders tests per doctors' orders. The minimum educational requirement is a technical college certificate, although many in this field have their bachelor's degrees.
Entry-level average salaries for health unit coordinators in 10 randomly selected U.S. cities include Pierre, S.D. at $17,126; Augusta, Maine at $20,530; Walla Walla, Washington at $20,365; Philadelphia at $21,536; Baltimore at $22,571; Miami at $18,471; Houston at $18,101; Chicago at $20,950; New York at $24,294 and Washington, D.C. at $24,812. The average starting salary for these 10 cities is $27,690, which is roughly what you can expect to earn when starting in this field anywhere.
Health unit coordinators can expect to earn an annual salary of approximately $28,000 per year, according to the national average reported by the website "Salary Expert." Selected cities include Pierre, S.D. at $22,717; Augusta, Maine at $27,232; Walla Walla, Washington at $27,013; Philadelphia at $28,566; Baltimore at $29,938; Miami at $24,500; Houston at $24,009; Chicago at $27,789; New York at $32,223 and Washington, D.C. at $32,910. These cities each pay different amounts, however you should reference the area nearest you.
At the top of your career, your salary as a health unit coordinator would vary depending on your geographic location. In the 10 randomly selected cities, averages at the 90th percentile are Pierre, S.D. at $31,448; Augusta, Maine at $37,698; Walla Walla, Washington at $37,395; Philadelphia at $39,545; Baltimore at $41,444; Miami at $33,916; Houston at $33,236; Chicago at $38,469; New York at $44,608 and Washington, D.C. at $45,559. The average salary of these 10 cities at the 90th percentile is $38,332.
According to the Health Careers Center website, job outlook for health unit coordinators is strong, due to health care reform, an aging baby boomer population, and increased emphasis on health care efficiency and cost effectiveness. Options are better for individuals who have independently completed training prior to hire, rather than those looking for on-the-job training. Opportunities will remain strong in all health care agencies, including hospitals, health maintenance organizations and nursing homes. The need for responsible individuals to maintain patient confidentiality and timely and securely dispose of medical records will remain strong.
Brenda Scottsdale is a licensed psychologist, a six sigma master black belt and a certified aerobics instructor. She has been writing professionally for more than 15 years in scientific journals, including the "Journal of Criminal Justice and Behavior" and various websites.