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Dental Office Manager Salary

Women comprise the majority of Dental Office Managers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $20.25 per hour on average. In the world of Dental Office Managers, final incomes generally run from $32K to $61K; this includes potential for up to $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing, with a few high performers earning commissions of $22K. While the particular city and years of experience impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. More than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and one-half collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$31,560 - $61,753
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MEDIAN: $45,865
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$15.03 - $27.01
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$31,560 - $61,753  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,896  
Profit Sharing
$486.23 - $5,006  
Commission
$0.00 - $21,532  
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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$31,916 - $60,668  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,012
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.03 - $27.01  
   
Overtime
$13.52 - $38.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,896  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $21,532  
Profit Sharing
$486.23 - $5,006  
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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$31,916 - $60,668  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,107
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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Office Manager


Dental Office Managers flock to Family Dental, DDS Inc., Family Dental Care, Aspen Dental, and Heartland Dental Care, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Dental Group Ltd attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $59K. Also paying near the top of the field are DDS Inc. at $57K, Dr. Jones at $53K, and Gentle Dental, where Dental Office Managers annually earn $51K.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Family Dental Care ($40K), Aspen Dental ($40K), and Family Dental ($44K).

Popular Skills for Dental Office Manager


Dental Office Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with People Management, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, and Payroll Administration are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 15 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Scheduling. Most people who know Billing 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.


Dental Office Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $39K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $43K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Dental Office Managers make a median salary of $46K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $48K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Dental Office Managers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Dental Office Managers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+26 percent), San Francisco (+22 percent), Phoenix (+11 percent), and Philadelphia (+7 percent). San Antonio is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (5 percent lower) and Houston (2 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Dental Office Manager Salaries



National Average
$44,000



Skills That Affect Dental Office Manager Salaries

People Management
up arrow 25%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 15%



Office Management
up arrow 3%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 2%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 1%

Insurance
0%

Software Knowledge
0%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
0%

National Average
$44,000

Billing
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Collections
up arrow 1%

Customer Relations
up arrow 2%

Scheduling
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 696 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 36% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 35%