Most Medical Receptionists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $13.27 per hour. Cash earnings for Medical Receptionists — which occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $3K from profit sharing — stretch from around $21K to approximately $36K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but career duration and the specific company are influential factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Medical Receptionists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by approximately two in five. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$20,109 - $43,171  
   
Bonus
$201.54 - $2,538  
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $3,477  
Commission
$1,200  
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$21,198 - $35,924  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 230
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Hourly Rate
$10.19 - $16.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.37  
Overtime
$14.83 - $25.17  
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$201.54 - $2,538  
   
Commission
$1,200  
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $3,477  
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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$21,198 - $35,924  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,844

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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

  • Compile and record medical charts, reports, and correspondence.
  • Interview patients to complete insurance and privacy forms.
  • Receive insurance co-pay payments and post amounts paid to patient accounts.
  • Schedule and confirm patient appointments, check-ups and physician referrals.
  • Answer telephones and direct calls to appropriate staff.

Common Career Paths for Medical Receptionist


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Medical Receptionists sometimes assume positions such as Registered Nurses. That role pays $56K per year on average. A Receptionist role is the most common promotion for Medical Receptionists moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $25K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Medical Receptionists is an Office Manager of a Medical Office position, where earnings are usually $37K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Receptionist


St. Luke's Hospital offers the largest salaries in town — $27K on average.

Popular Skills for Medical Receptionist


Medical Receptionists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Medical Terminology, Insurance, Electronic Medical Records, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know Scheduling also know Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Data Entry. It is often found that people who know Customer Service are 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.


Medical Receptionists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $26K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $29K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Medical Receptionists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $30K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $31K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,926

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Medical Receptionists will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 16 percent. Medical Receptionists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+14 percent), Denver (+13 percent), Portland (+12 percent), and Arlington (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Chesapeake. Employers pay around 10 percent less in Fort Collins and 8 percent less in Orlando, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Medical Receptionist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Medical Receptionist?

Medical Receptionist in Traverse City:
"No Health Care?"
Pros: I like the atmosphere. It is like a family. Friendly and generally up beat. Flexible.
Cons: Extremely busy. Really hard to keep up with the volume of demands. Lower staffed and high demand for our office. Lacking medical benefits is HUGE!

Medical Receptionist in Walnut Creek:
"Helping people schedule appointments."
Pros: The scheduler is at the center of the universe in my office. Everything revolves around my job. I interact with new patients and existing patients daily. I work to coordinate the schedules for all doctors. I communicate with doctors daily making them aware of changes in their schedules.
Cons: I am the first point of contact and some patients are demanding, pushy and require special accommodations. It can be difficult to make them happy.

Medical Receptionist in Lansing:
"The good and bad."
Pros: I get to meet new people and try to help with some of the bad things that are happening in their lives.
Cons: When people call acting like they are entitled to get an appointment just because their doctor said so or when they show up at the office being rude just because they can not get an appointment.

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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Key Stats for Medical Receptionist

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 444 votes.
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Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Medical Receptionist Salaries




National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Medical Receptionist Salaries








Data Entry
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Phone Support
0%

Customer Relations
0%

Typing
0%

Billing
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Microsoft Word
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National Average
$28,000



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 444 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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