Dental Office Manager Salary

Dental Office Managers in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $20.52 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $5K, total cash payment to Dental Office Managers can bottom out at $32K or peak near $61K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by geography and tenure. For the most part, Dental Office Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to over a third, and just under a half earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,190 - $62,104

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$15.32 - $27.42

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$32,190 - $62,104  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,898  
Profit Sharing
$294.41 - $5,010  
Commission
$0.00 - $12,365  
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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$32,457 - $61,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,229
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.32 - $27.42  
   
Overtime
$13.92 - $39.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,898  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $12,365  
Profit Sharing
$294.41 - $5,010  
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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$32,457 - $61,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,556
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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


Family Dental, DDS Inc., Family Dental Care, Heartland Dental Care, and Aspen Dental are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Dental Office Managers. The biggest paychecks can be found at Dental Group Ltd — the median salary there is $65K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $34K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $85K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Dr. Jones, DDS Inc., and Gentle Dental, where Dental Office Managers typically earn around $53K, $53K, or $51K, respectively.

Known for its small paychecks, Heartland Dental Care actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $36K — about half the top paying employer's rate. Aspen Dental, Family Dental Care, and Family Dental also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $40K, $40K, and $44K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Dental Office Manager


Survey takers working as Dental Office Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Office Administration, Payroll Administration, Operations Management, and Office Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Scheduling and Customer Service. Skill sets containing Insurance also tend to include Accounts Receivable and Collections. Most people skilled in Billing are similarly competent in Collections and Accounts Receivable.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Office Manager

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


For Dental Office Managers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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 $44K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $47K in this role. Dental Office Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $49K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Dental Office Managers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Dental Office Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+22 percent), Portland (+20 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), and Phoenix (+8 percent). San Antonio is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and Atlanta (6 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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

Collections
0%

Software Knowledge
0%

Customer Relations
0%

National Average
$45,000

Billing
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Sales
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Scheduling
up arrow 4%

Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 778 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
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 36% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 36%
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