Medical Receptionist Salary

Medical Receptionists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $13.41 per hour for pay. Overall cash earnings for Medical Receptionists stretch from $21K on the lower end to $36K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $2K from bonuses and $3K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though career duration and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than two-fifths. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$20,268 - $42,352
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$42K
MEDIAN: $29,643
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$10.29 - $17.00
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$0$42K
Salary $20,268 - $42,352
Bonus $198.79 - $2,267
Profit Sharing $98.63 - $3,041
Commission $1,200
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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$21,405 - $36,266
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 229
Hourly Data $0$25
Hourly Rate $10.29 - $17.00
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $14.94 - $25.73
Annual Data $0$36K
Bonus $198.79 - $2,267
Commission $1,200
Profit Sharing $98.63 - $3,041
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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$21,405 - $36,266
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,714

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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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There are some Medical Receptionists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Registered Nurses, where earnings are an average $56K annually. As Medical Receptionists progress in their field, many go on to become Receptionists. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $25K. Another common career choice for Medical Receptionists is to move into an Office Manager of a Medical Office role — this promotion usually pays $37K.

Medical Receptionist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Receptionist


Medical Receptionists flock to St. Luke's Hospital for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $27K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Medical Receptionist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Medical Terminology, Electronic Medical Records, Medical Records, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Data Entry and Electronic Medical Records (EMR). Those who learned Scheduling also tend to know Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Data Entry.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Receptionist

Pay by Experience for a Medical Receptionist has a positive trend. An entry-level Medical Receptionist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 2,177 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Medical Receptionist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 1,184 salaries. An experienced Medical Receptionist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 1,055 salaries. A Medical Receptionist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 300 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,243

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

Medical Receptionists will find that Sacramento offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 18 percent. Medical Receptionists will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+14 percent), New York (+13 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and Portland (+12 percent). In Chesapeake, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Orlando and Los Angeles also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

Medical Receptionist Reviews

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

Medical Receptionist in Columbus:
"It's good, I'm by myself. I answer phones, coordinate care."
Pros: I like that I am by myself, I don't really have to worry about work drama.
Cons: My pay is not that much, I do a lot of work for such little pay.

Medical Receptionist in Montgomery:
"I love it."
Pros: The fast paced environment.
Cons: The outdated system.

Medical Receptionist in Maple Valley:
"Compensation."
Pros: Flex schedule.
Cons: Stress.

Medical Receptionist in Wilmington:
"Gratifying."
Pros: Working with wonderful clients.
Cons: Politics.

Medical Receptionist in Seymour:
Pros: Good management. Flexible hours.
Cons: Stress level. Equal responsibly.

Medical Receptionist in Brookhaven:
Pros: Working with people.
Cons: Too busy.

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!

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Key Stats for Medical Receptionist

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 514 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Medical Receptionist Salaries

▲12%

▲8%

▲3%

National Average
$28,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Medical Receptionist Salaries



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National Average
$28,000

Data Entry
▼1%

Phone Support
▼1%


Patient Education
▼1%

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 514 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
no benefits
None: 38%
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