Medical secretary

Medical secretaries deal with correspondence, make appointments and handle patients’ queries; file and maintain medical and other records; transcribe notes and dictation; and perform other clerical tasks in hospitals/surgeries and other medical establishments.


  • Books resources such as rooms and refreshments, and orders stationery and other supplies as appropriate.
  • Organises and attends meetings and takes minutes of proceedings.
  • Answers enquiries and refers patient to appropriate experts.
  • Maintains patients.
  • Transcribes dictation into required format.
  • Sorts and files correspondence and maintains diary of the person/s for whom he/she works.

Typical Education Level

Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 36% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for medical secretary is £19,052

2,246 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 2,246. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for medical secretary roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £19,052 per year. That is about £1,588 per month or £9.77 per hour. New workers generally start on £6,561, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £25,490

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 2,246 people are employed in the region.

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