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. Pay ranges from $9.91 per hour on the low end to $16.52 on the high end. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Some workers in this field — nearly two in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than a third. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$20,628 - $39,773

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$9.91 - $16.52

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,628 - $39,773  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $958  
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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$20,728 - $35,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 282
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.91 - $16.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.35  
Overtime
$9.66 - $24.38  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $958  
   
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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$20,728 - $35,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,287
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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. As Medical Receptionists progress in their field, many go on to become Office Manager of a Medical Offices. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $37K per year. Another common career choice for Medical Receptionists is to move into a Medical or Dental Office Receptionist role. Typically, Medical or Dental Office Receptionists get paid $25K.

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Popular Skills for Medical Receptionist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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. For most people, competency in Customer Service indicates knowledge of 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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Medical Receptionists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $25K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $28K. For Medical Receptionists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $30K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $31K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Medical Receptionists that is 25 percent greater than the national average, Minneapolis offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Medical Receptionists will also find cushy salaries in Tacoma (+18 percent), New York (+18 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), and Omaha (+9 percent). In San Antonio, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Orlando and Columbus earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (5 percent less and 4 percent less, 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%

Customer Service
0%

Data Entry
0%

Phone Support
0%

Medical Records
0%

Typing
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

Billing
0%

National Average
$27,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 693 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: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 39%
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