Medical Receptionist Salary

Medical Receptionists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $12.76 per hour for pay. Compensation ranges between $9.90 per hour and $16.52. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While more than a third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and about two-fifths have dental, as well. Work is enjoyable for Medical Receptionists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$20,084 - $40,444
(Median)
$20K
$29K
$40K
MEDIAN: $29,206
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$9.90 - $16.52
(Median)
$9
$13
$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,084 - $40,444  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $959  
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).
)
$20,683 - $35,485  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 288
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.90 - $16.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.35  
Overtime
$8.30 - $24.45  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $959  
   
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).
)
$20,683 - $35,485  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,214
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


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. The most common career progression for Medical Receptionists leads to becoming an Office Manager of a Medical Office, where average pay is $37K annually. However, many Medical Receptionists also opt to become Medical or Dental Office Receptionists. Typically, a Medical or Dental Office Receptionist brings home $25K.

Front Desk Receptionist, Medical or Dental Office Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Skills for Medical Receptionist


Survey results imply that Medical Receptionists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Patient Education, Customer Relationship Management, Customer Relations, and Medical Coding are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. Most people familiar with Scheduling also know Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Data Entry. The majority of those who know Customer Service also know 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $25K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $28K. Medical Receptionists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $29K. 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


Minneapolis is home to an above-average pay rate for Medical Receptionists, 25 percent higher than the national average. Medical Receptionists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+19 percent), Tacoma (+16 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), and Omaha (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is San Antonio. Employers in Columbus and Orlando also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent less).

Medical Receptionist Reviews

What is it like working as a Medical Receptionist?

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.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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 692 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: 38%
ADVERTISEMENT