Medical Secretaries

Perform secretarial duties using specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. Duties may include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports, and correspondence.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $12.57/hr
Median: $14.72/hr
Experienced: $17.46/hr

Current Employment
3,388 (2017)

Projected Employment
3,753 (2028)

Growth for Medical Secretaries

2017 Jobs2028 JobsChange (2018-2028)% Change (2018-2028)

Industries Employing Medical Secretaries

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2017)% of Occupation in Industry (2017)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2017)
Offices of Physicians (except Mental Health Specialists)1,25737.1%13.2%
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals84024.8%4.6%
Offices of Dentists47614.1%19.6%
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools752.2%0.9%
Offices of Chiropractors732.2%21.9%

Occupational Tasks

  • Answer telephones and direct calls to appropriate staff.
  • Schedule and confirm patient diagnostic appointments, surgeries, or medical consultations.
  • Operate office equipment, such as voice mail messaging systems, and use word processing, spreadsheet, or other software applications to prepare reports, invoices, financial statements, letters, case histories, or medical records.
  • Maintain medical records, technical library, or correspondence files.
  • Greet visitors, ascertain purpose of visit, and direct them to appropriate staff.