Dental Office Managers in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $21.25 per hour. Cash earnings for Dental Office Managers — including $6K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $34K to $63K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. About one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just over two-fifths collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,751 - $65,896
$35K
$48K
$66K
MEDIAN: $48,233
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$15.95 - $28.37
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$34,751 - $65,896  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,990  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,020  
Commission
$0.00 - $13,089  
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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$34,205 - $62,926  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 943
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.95 - $28.37  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.83  
Overtime
$21.05 - $42.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,990  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $13,089  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,020  
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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$34,205 - $62,926  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,188

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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.

Common Career Paths for Dental Office Manager


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Dental Office Managers who go on to become Practice Administrators may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Practice Administrators is $68K annually. Dental Office Managers most often move into positions as Dental Insurance Coordinators or Dental Office Receptionists. Dental Insurance Coordinators actually earn $11K less on average, however, and Dental Office Receptionists earn $15K less per year than Dental Office Managers do.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Office Manager


Family Dental, Dental Group Ltd, DDS Inc., Family Dental Care, and Aspen Dental are all popular places to work. For Dental Office Managers, comfortable salaries can be found at Dr. Jones; in fact, median earnings sit around $53K, the highest in the area. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Dr. B, DDS Inc., and Gentle Dental, where Dental Office Managers typically earn around $52K, $50K, or $48K, respectively.

Dental Office Managers will find the worst pay at Aspen Dental, where the median salary crawls in at $40K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $48K, leaving little room for growth. Family Dental Care, dentist, and Heartland Dental Corporation are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($40K, $42K, and $43K respectively).

Popular Skills for Dental Office Manager


Dental Office Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Customer Relationship Management, Payroll Administration, and Accounts Payable are correlated to pay that is above average. Dental assistant and Customer Service as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Most people who know Insurance also know Billing 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $41K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $45K. For Dental Office Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $48K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $51K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,589

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

With a pay rate for Dental Office Managers that is 25 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Dental Office Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+15 percent), Portland (+13 percent), San Diego (+8 percent), and Atlanta (+7 percent). In Dallas, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Chicago and Las Vegas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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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 472 votes.
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Less than 1 year
2%
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



National Average
$47,000



Skills That Affect Dental Office Manager Salaries






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Accounts Receivable
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 472 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
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: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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