Dental Office Managers in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $21.26 per hour. With bonuses occasionally running north of $6K, profit sharing proceeds sometimes surpassing $5K, and a few commissions as high as $12K, total income for Dental Office Managers can range between $34K and $63K according to individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by the company and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to more than a third, and just under a half earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,521 - $65,631
(Median)
$35K
$48K
$66K
MEDIAN: $47,768
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$15.98 - $28.60
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$16
$21
$29
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$34,521 - $65,631  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,991  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,903  
Commission
$0.00 - $12,164  
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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$34,122 - $63,110  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 996
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.98 - $28.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.83  
Overtime
$20.90 - $43.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,991  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $12,164  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,903  
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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$34,122 - $63,110  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,161
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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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As Dental Office Managers transition into upper-level roles such as Practice Administrator, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Practice Administrators earn $68K on average per year. Dental Office Managers most often move into Dental Insurance Coordinator or Dental Office Receptionist roles. However, the former pays $11K less on average, and the latter pays $15K less.

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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 leaders in the field that employ a large number of Dental Office Managers. Those at Dr. Jones can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $53K. Dr. B, Gentle Dental, and DDS Inc. also offer top salaries for Dental Office Managers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $52K, $50K, and $50K, respectively.

With a median salary of $40K, Aspen Dental provides Dental Office Managers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $48K, limiting employee salary growth. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Family Dental Care ($40K), Heartland Dental Corporation ($41K), and dentist ($42K).

Popular Skills for Dental Office Manager


Dental Office Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 4 percent, respectively. Dental assistant and Customer Service as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. It is often found that people who know Insurance are also skilled in 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 many Dental Office Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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. Dental Office Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $48K. Dental Office Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $51K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,495

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For Dental Office Managers, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. Dental Office Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+25 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), Portland (+14 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 11 percent, Dallas is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Los Angeles (9 percent lower) and Chicago (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Dental Office Manager Salaries



National Average
$46,000



Skills That Affect Dental Office Manager Salaries

Human Resources
up arrow 39%

Operations Management
up arrow 4%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 3%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 2%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 2%

bill collections
up arrow 1%

Office Management
0%

Accounts Receivable
0%

Customer Relations
0%

Software Knowledge
0%

National Average
$46,000

Insurance
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Billing
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Scheduling
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Dental assistant
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 480 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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