Dental Office Manager Salary

The larger portion of Dental Office Managers in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $20.60 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Dental Office Managers vary widely between $33K and $61K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and experience level. Work is enjoyable for Dental Office Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to more than a third, and slightly less than one-half earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$33,258 - $62,758
(Median)
$33K
$46K
$63K
MEDIAN: $46,429
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$15.46 - $27.65
(Median)
$15
$21
$28
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,258 - $62,758  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,969  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,029  
Commission
$0.00 - $11,920  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,917 - $61,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,403
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.46 - $27.65  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$16.14 - $39.71  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,969  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $11,920  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,029  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,917 - $61,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,999
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Job Description for Dental Office Manager

A dental office manager directs general operations for a dental office or firm on a day-to-day basis. This includes scheduling and discipline of employees and general upkeep of the facility, such as replacing any tools or equipment that no longer functions. In addition, the dental office manager may work closely with patients in scheduling appointments or handling complaints and issues related to dental care. The dental office manager works closely with the dentists in the firm or office, which means they must be familiar with common dental practices and techniques so that they may communicate with dentists effectively.

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Dental Office Manager Tasks

  • Track dental office expenses, prepare financial documents like tax returns, and manage employee payroll.
  • Coordinate office activates to promote efficiency and improve patient service.
  • Maintain dental facilities and equipment, and restock supplies.
  • Oversee patient services, including appointment scheduling, reception, billing, and recordkeeping.
  • Hire, train, and supervise office and custodial staff.

Common Career Paths for Dental Office Manager


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For Dental Office Managers, progressing to a Practice Administrator role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Practice Administrator can earn $67K annually. Dental Office Managers most often move into Dental Insurance Coordinator or Dental Office Receptionist roles. However, the former pays $10K less on average, and the latter pays $14K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Office Manager


Family Dental, DDS Inc., Dental Group Ltd, Family Dental Care, and Heartland Dental Care are top-notch employers for Dental Office Managers in this area. Employees of Dental Group Ltd can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $56K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $34K to $85K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Dr. Jones, Dr. B, and Gentle Dental, where Dental Office Managers typically earn around $53K, $52K, or $51K, respectively.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $31K to just $51K — but Heartland Dental Care offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $38K. Employees at Aspen Dental, Family Dental Care, and dentist can also expect below-average earnings of $40K, $40K, and $43K.

Popular Skills for Dental Office Manager


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Office Administration, Payroll Administration, Operations Management, and Accounts Payable are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service, Scheduling, and Dental assistant. Most people skilled in Billing are similarly competent in Collections and Accounts Receivable. Most people who know Insurance also know Accounts Receivable and Collections.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Office Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $40K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $44K. For Dental Office Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $47K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $49K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,273

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Dental Office Managers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Dental Office Managers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+21 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), Portland (+20 percent), and Phoenix (+7 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Antonio, 15 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Austin (7 percent less) and Chicago (4 percent less).

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Experience Affects Dental Office Manager Salaries



National Average
$45,000



Skills That Affect Dental Office Manager Salaries

Office Administration
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Accounts Payable
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Office Management
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Accounts Receivable
0%

Software Knowledge
0%

National Average
$45,000

Insurance
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Billing
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Collections
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Customer Relations
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Dental assistant
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Scheduling
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 858 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 36%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 10%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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