Medical Receptionist Salary

Women comprise the majority of Medical Receptionists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $12.77 per hour on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $9.90 per hour, and the top verges on $16.53. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. While approximately two in five report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and close to two-fifths have dental, as well. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,101 - $40,417
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$20K
$29K
$40K
MEDIAN: $29,206
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$9.90 - $16.53
(Median)
$9
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$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,101 - $40,417  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $964  
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $3,575  
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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$20,688 - $35,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 290
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.90 - $16.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.35  
Overtime
$8.42 - $24.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $964  
   
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $3,575  
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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$20,688 - $35,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,252
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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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Though some Medical Receptionists move into positions like Registered Nurse (where the average salary is $55K), this progression is not the norm. More often than not, an Office Manager of a Medical Office role is the next step for Medical Receptionists moving up in the field. Office Managers of Medical Offices usually make $37K per year. Many other Medical Receptionists choose to take on a Medical or Dental Office Receptionist role, where salaries are typically $25K.

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Popular Skills for Medical Receptionist


Medical Receptionists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Patient Education, Customer Relationship Management, Customer Relations, and Electronic Medical Records are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled in Data Entry and Electronic Medical Records (EMR). Those familiar with Scheduling tend to be well versed in Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Data Entry.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $25K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $28K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $30K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $31K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Medical Receptionists, working in the bustling city of Minneapolis has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Medical Receptionists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+18 percent), Tacoma (+17 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), and Omaha (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Antonio, 13 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Columbus and Orlando (5 percent lower and 3 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)
up arrow 4%

Patient Education
up arrow 4%

Customer Relations
up arrow 3%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 2%

Insurance
up arrow 2%

Medical Coding
up arrow 2%

Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Billing
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
0%

Data Entry
0%

Phone Support
0%

Medical Records
0%

Typing
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$27,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 694 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 39%
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