Dental Office Manager Salary

The larger portion of Dental Office Managers in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $20.52 per hour. Overall cash earnings of Dental Office Managers stretch from $32K near the bottom to $61K on the more lucrative end; these packages can sometimes encompass potential bonuses and profit sharing of almost $5K each, along with commissions approaching $21K in rare cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though the particular city and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to more than a third, and just under a half earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,217 - $62,131
(Median)
$32K
$46K
$62K
MEDIAN: $46,173
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$15.25 - $27.42
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$21
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$32,217 - $62,131  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,893  
Profit Sharing
$311.22 - $5,031  
Commission
$0.00 - $21,331  
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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$32,330 - $61,054  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,204
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.25 - $27.42  
   
Overtime
$13.86 - $39.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,893  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $21,331  
Profit Sharing
$311.22 - $5,031  
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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$32,330 - $61,054  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,487
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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, Aspen Dental, and Dental Group Ltd are among the top companies that take on many Dental Office Managers. Dental Group Ltd pays the most with a median salary of $65K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $34K to a high of $85K. Other leaders in compensation levels are DDS Inc. at $57K, Dr. Jones at $53K, and Gentle Dental, where Dental Office Managers annually earn $51K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Aspen Dental at $40K, Family Dental Care at $40K, and Family Dental, where $44K 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 Office Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Scheduling and Customer Service. Those proficient in Billing are, more often than not, also skilled in Collections and Accounts Receivable. Those proficient in Insurance are, more often than not, also skilled in Accounts Receivable and Collections.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Office Manager

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


Dental Office Managers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $39K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $44K. For Dental Office Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $47K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $49K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Dental Office Managers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Dental Office Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+22 percent), Portland (+20 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), and Philadelphia (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 17 percent below the national average. Workers in Austin and San Diego earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 2 percent less, 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
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Collections
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Software Knowledge
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Customer Relations
0%

National Average
$45,000

Billing
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Sales
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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 774 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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