Dental Office Manager Salary

Women comprise the majority of Dental Office Managers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $20.60 per hour on average. In the world of Dental Office Managers, final incomes generally run from $33K to $61K; this includes potential for up to $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing, with a few high performers earning commissions of $12K. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and tenure are driving factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. More than a third enjoy medical while slightly less than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around one in ten. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,258 - $62,758
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$33K
$46K
$63K
MEDIAN: $46,429
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$15.46 - $27.65
(Median)
$15
$21
$28
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,258 - $62,758  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,969  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,029  
Commission
$0.00 - $11,920  
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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$32,917 - $61,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,403
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.46 - $27.65  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$16.14 - $39.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,969  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $11,920  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,029  
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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$32,917 - $61,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,999
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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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Dental Office Managers who transition into a Practice Administrator role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $67K 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 $10K lower and $14K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Office Manager


Family Dental, DDS Inc., Dental Group Ltd, Family Dental Care, and Heartland Dental Care are among the top companies that take on many Dental Office Managers. Dental Office Managers flock to Dental Group Ltd for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $56K 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. Dr. Jones, Dr. B, and Gentle Dental also offer top salaries for Dental Office Managers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $53K, $52K, and $51K, respectively.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $31K to just $51K — but Heartland Dental Care offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $38K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Aspen Dental at $40K, Family Dental Care at $40K, and dentist, where $43K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Dental Office Manager


Dental Office Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Office Administration, Payroll Administration, Operations Management, and Accounts Payable are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service, Scheduling, and Dental assistant. Most people familiar with Insurance also know Accounts Receivable and Collections. Most people experienced in Billing also know 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 many Dental Office Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $40K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $44K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Dental Office Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $47K. 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

National Average: $45,273

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

Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Dental Office Managers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Dental Office Managers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+21 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), Portland (+20 percent), and Phoenix (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, San Antonio is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Austin and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 4 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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Accounts Payable
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Office Management
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Accounts Receivable
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Software Knowledge
0%

National Average
$45,000

Insurance
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Billing
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Collections
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Customer Relations
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Dental assistant
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Scheduling
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 858 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: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 10%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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