Dental Office Manager Salary

Women account for the majority of Dental Office Managers in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $21.38 per hour. Cash earnings for Dental Office Managers — which occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $34K to approximately $63K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Most Dental Office Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Approximately one in three enjoy medical while just over two-fifths get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one in eight. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,256 - $66,195
$35K
$49K
$66K
MEDIAN: $48,584
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$15.96 - $28.55
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MEDIAN: $21.38
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$35,256 - $66,195  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,933  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,880  
Commission
$0.00 - $12,750  
Total Pay (?
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$34,417 - $63,255  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 927
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.96 - $28.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.42  
Overtime
$21.67 - $42.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,933  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $12,750  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,880  
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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$34,417 - $63,255  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,151

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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

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

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Dental Office Managers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Practice Administrator. The average Practice Administrator brings home $68K per year. Many Dental Office Managers go on to become Dental Insurance Coordinators or Dental Office Receptionists despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $12K lower and $15K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Office Manager


Dental Office Managers fill the offices of leading firms Family Dental, Dental Group Ltd, DDS Inc., Family Dental Care, and Aspen Dental. The biggest paychecks can be found at Dr. B — the median salary there is $54K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Dr. Jones, DDS Inc., and Gentle Dental, where earnings of $53K, $50K, or $48K are standard for Dental Office Managers.

Aspen Dental offers the least pay with a median salary of $40K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $48K. Family Dental Care, dentist and Heartland Dental Corporation are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $40K, $42K, and $43K.

Popular Skills for Dental Office Manager


Survey takers working as Dental Office Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Human Resources and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service. Most people experienced in Insurance also know Billing and Accounts Receivable.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Office Manager

Pay by Experience for a Dental Office Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Dental Office Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 726 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dental Office Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 831 salaries. An experienced Dental Office Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 1,222 salaries. A Dental Office Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 860 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,821

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

Home to some of the best pay for Dental Office Managers, New York offers exceptional salaries, 20 percent above the national average. Dental Office Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+18 percent), Portland (+13 percent), Boston (+9 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). Chicago is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Dallas (11 percent lower) and Las Vegas (4 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Dental Office Manager

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 495 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
29%
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Experience Affects Dental Office Manager Salaries

▲9%

▲3%

National Average
$47,000

▼4%

▼13%

Skills That Affect Dental Office Manager Salaries

Human Resources
▲39%






Accounts Receivable
▼0%

Customer Relations
▼0%

National Average
$47,000

Office Management
▼1%


▼2%

▼2%

▼2%

▼3%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 495 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

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: 34%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
vision benefits
Vision: 12%
no benefits
None: 42%
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