Medical Receptionist Salary

Women comprise the majority of Medical Receptionists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $12.90 per hour on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.98 per hour and $16.61. While experience level and the individual firm impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. While some workers in this profession — close to two-fifths — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and about two in five have dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Medical Receptionists is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,566 - $40,321
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$21K
$29K
$40K
MEDIAN: $29,386
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$9.98 - $16.61
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,566 - $40,321  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $979  
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $3,250  
Commission
$506  
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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$20,869 - $35,587  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 343
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.98 - $16.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.38  
Overtime
$9.98 - $24.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $979  
   
Commission
$506  
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $3,250  
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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$20,869 - $35,587  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,056
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Job Description for Medical Receptionist

Medical office receptionists are administrative professionals who are responsible for a variety of clerical tasks within medical offices. These receptionists work in offices within health care environments with both patients and other professionals, generally during daytime office hours, though some who work in hospitals and other 24-hour facilities may have extended shifts.

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Medical Receptionist Tasks

  • Schedule and confirm patient appointments, check-ups and physician referrals.
  • Answer telephones and direct calls to appropriate staff.
  • Greet visitors, ascertain purpose of visit, and direct them to appropriate staff.
  • Compile and record medical charts, reports, and correspondence.
  • Interview patients to complete insurance and privacy forms.

Common Career Paths for Medical Receptionist


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While not commonly seen, Medical Receptionists who transition into a Registered Nurse position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Registered Nurses is $55K per year. As Medical Receptionists progress in their field, many go on to become Office Manager of a Medical Offices. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $37K per year. Another common career choice for Medical Receptionists is to move into a Medical or Dental Office Receptionist role. Typically, Medical or Dental Office Receptionists get paid $25K.

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Popular Skills for Medical Receptionist


Survey results imply that Medical Receptionists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Customer Relationship Management, Customer Relations, Insurance, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Scheduling tend to be well versed in Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Data Entry. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled in Data Entry and Electronic Medical Records (EMR).

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Receptionist

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


For Medical Receptionists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $26K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $28K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $30K. Medical Receptionists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $31K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,199

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For Medical Receptionists, Minneapolis provides a pay rate that is 24 percent greater than the national average. Medical Receptionists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+19 percent), Tacoma (+17 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), and Omaha (+7 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, San Antonio is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Dayton and Orlando are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

Medical Receptionist Reviews

What is it like working as a Medical Receptionist?

Medical Receptionist in Virginia Beach:
"It can be stressful at times, but you learn to cope."
Pros: Helping the elderly whenever possible. Giving the rehab patients peace of mind. Entering data into computer system. Creating a home like atmosphere for those who have come to my work place for rehab.
Cons: When the patients have no visitors during the holiday season.

Medical Receptionist in Toms River:
"Medical Office Float."
Pros: I love the diversity of my position. I love that I have learned and assumed new positions within the work place, and that I am malleable within the office. I feel that this makes me a desired worker and that I am an asset to the office, given the amount of alternative positions I have excelled in.
Cons: No Compensation. I feel that in the work place my co-workers and me are under appreciated. I feel that often times good work goes un-noticed and only flaws are pointed out. Since I was hired, I have assumed multiple different responsibilities, many of which require a computer to accomplish. I have yet to be financially compensated for my growth within the office, and I am forced 3 out of 5 days a week to hunt and borrow a computer. I am expected to accomplish all my work without the means to get it done, and without an adequate work space! It is stressful considering my time is being wasted looking for a place to get my work done. Office set up is poor, but unchangeable, often times it is too loud to hear a patient at the window, and I feel that this makes for poor patient care.

Medical Receptionist in Wilmington:
"The management is exceptional and flexible."
Pros: No stress, hours are great, office conditions are exceptional.
Cons: Nothing.

Medical Receptionist in Providence:
"Busy, multi tasking, selling, phones, clean rooms."
Pros: Plastic surgery is fun to talk about and be around.
Cons: Pleasing all patients, multitasting and tasks outside of receptionist work.

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Experience Affects Medical Receptionist Salaries




National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Medical Receptionist Salaries

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Insurance
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Customer Relations
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Scheduling
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Medical Coding
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Customer Service
0%

Data Entry
0%

Phone Support
0%

Medical Records
0%

Typing
0%

Billing
0%

National Average
$27,000

Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 754 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
medical benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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