Medical Receptionist Salary

The larger portion of Medical Receptionists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $12.90 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $9.98 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $16.61. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though tenure and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Some workers in this field — roughly two in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by nearly two in five. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Medical Receptionists. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,566 - $40,321
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$21K
$29K
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Medical Receptionists sometimes become Registered Nurses, where the average income is $55K per year. The most common promotion for Medical Receptionists is Office Manager of a Medical Office, a position that typically pays $37K annually. Another standard transition for Medical Receptionists seeking advancement is to assume a Medical or Dental Office Receptionist role, where pay is often $25K.

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Popular Skills for Medical Receptionist


Medical Receptionists seem to wield many 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 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $26K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $28K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Medical Receptionists make a median salary of $30K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $31K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,199

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Medical Receptionists will find that Minneapolis offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 24 percent. Medical Receptionists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+19 percent), Tacoma (+17 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), and Omaha (+7 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in San Antonio. Below-median salaries also turn up in Dayton and Orlando (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Medical Receptionist Reviews

What is it like working as a Medical Receptionist?

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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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
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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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