Dental Office Manager Salary

Dental Office Managers in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $20.52 per hour for pay. Overall cash earnings of Dental Office Managers stretch from $32K to $61K; the final number can encompass up to $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing, with some enjoying commissions of almost $12K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Over a third enjoy medical while a little less than one-half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one in ten. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Dental Office Managers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,160 - $62,121
(Median)
$32K
$46K
$62K
MEDIAN: $46,098
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$15.28 - $27.40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$32,160 - $62,121  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,893  
Profit Sharing
$297.30 - $5,025  
Commission
$0.00 - $12,255  
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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$32,383 - $61,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,215
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.28 - $27.40  
   
Overtime
$13.66 - $39.11  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,893  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $12,255  
Profit Sharing
$297.30 - $5,025  
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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$32,383 - $61,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,510
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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, Heartland Dental Care, and Aspen Dental, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Dental Office Managers flock to Dental Group Ltd for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $65K lead the pack in compensation; however, Dental Group Ltd also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $34K at one end to $85K at the other end. DDS Inc., Dr. Jones, and Gentle Dental are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Dental Office Managers earning around $55K, $53K, or $51K at each firm, respectively.

Heartland Dental Care offers the lowest pay in the industry by far, with a median salary about half the top paying employer's rate ($36K). Also approaching the lower end are Aspen Dental at $40K, Family Dental Care at $40K, and Family Dental at $44K.

Popular Skills for Dental Office Manager


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. 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 pay less than market rate include Scheduling and Customer Service. It is often found that people who know Insurance are also skilled in Accounts Receivable and Collections. For most people, competency in Billing indicates knowledge of 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.


Dental Office Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $39K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $44K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Dental Office Managers make a median salary of $47K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $49K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Dental Office Managers, 25 percent higher than the national average. Dental Office Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+22 percent), Portland (+20 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), and Philadelphia (+8 percent). San Antonio is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Austin and 2 percent less in San Diego, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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
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Collections
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Software Knowledge
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Customer Relations
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National Average
$45,000

Billing
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Customer Service
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Scheduling
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 776 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
30%

Common Health Benefits

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