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Medical Receptionist Salary

Women account for the majority of Medical Receptionists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $12.72 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.89 per hour on the low end to $16.51 on the high end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Around two in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and over a third claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$20,127 - $40,210
(Median)
$20K
$29K
$40K
MEDIAN: $29,211
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$9.89 - $16.51
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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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.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,127 - $40,210  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $923  
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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$20,675 - $35,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 281
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.89 - $16.51  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.60  
Overtime
$8.14 - $24.37  
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.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $923  
   
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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$20,675 - $35,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,072

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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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Medical Receptionists who advance into the role of a Registered Nurse are fairly uncommon. Registered Nurses on average earn $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.

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Popular Skills for Medical Receptionist


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Customer Relationship Management, Customer Relations, Job Scheduling, and Insurance 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). Most people familiar with Scheduling also know 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. 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. On average, Medical Receptionists make $29K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $31K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Medical Receptionists in Minneapolis enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Medical Receptionists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+19 percent), Tacoma (+16 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), and Omaha (+11 percent). San Antonio is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Chattanooga and Columbus are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

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.

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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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Customer Relations
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Job Scheduling
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Insurance
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Medical Coding
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Scheduling
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Billing
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Customer Service
0%

Data Entry
0%

Phone Support
0%

Medical Records
0%

Typing
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$27,000

Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 688 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 39%
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