Dental Office Manager Salary

Women comprise the majority of Dental Office Managers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $21.44 per hour on average. Total incomes of Dental Office Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $6K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $35K and $64K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the company and tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Dental Office Managers. Medical benefits are awarded to one in three, and more than two-fifths earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$35,651 - $66,515
$36K
$49K
$67K
MEDIAN: $49,058
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50%
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$16.05 - $28.82
$16
$22
$29
MEDIAN: $21.57
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$0$66K
Salary $35,651 - $66,515
Bonus $0.00 - $5,844
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $4,869
Commission $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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$34,757 - $63,948
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 897
Hourly Data $0$43
Hourly Rate $16.05 - $28.82
Hourly Tips $0.83
Overtime $22.45 - $43.07
Annual Data $0$63K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,844
Commission $3,575
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $4,869
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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$34,757 - $63,948
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,033

Job Description for Dental Office Manager

A dental office manager directs general operations for a dental office or firm on a day-to-day basis. This includes scheduling and discipline of employees and general upkeep of the facility, such as replacing any tools or equipment that no longer functions. In addition, the dental office manager may work closely with patients in scheduling appointments or handling complaints and issues related to dental care. The dental office manager works closely with the dentists in the firm or office, which means they must be familiar with common dental practices and techniques so that they may communicate with dentists effectively.

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Dental Office Manager Tasks

  • Oversee patient services, including appointment scheduling, reception, billing, and recordkeeping.
  • Hire, train, and supervise office and custodial staff.
  • Maintain dental facilities and equipment, and restock supplies.
  • Track dental office expenses, prepare financial documents like tax returns, and manage employee payroll.
  • Coordinate office activates to promote efficiency and improve patient service.

Common Career Paths for Dental Office Manager


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As Dental Office Managers transition into upper-level roles such as Practice Administrator, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Practice Administrators earn $68K on average per year. Dental Office Managers most frequently become Dental Insurance Coordinators and Dental Office Receptionists even though median compensation is $12K lower and $16K lower, respectively.

Dental Office Manager Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Office Manager


Dominating the field, Family Dental, Dental Group Ltd, DDS Inc., Family Dental Care, and Aspen Dental are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Dental Office Managers. Dr. B offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $54K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Dr. Jones, DDS Inc., and Gentle Dental, where Dental Office Managers typically earn around $53K, $50K, or $48K, respectively.

Aspen Dental offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $40K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $29K to $48K. Family Dental Care, dentist and Heartland Dental Corporation are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $40K, $42K, and $43K.

Popular Skills for Dental Office Manager


Survey takers working as Dental Office Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Human Resources and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 38 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service and Scheduling. Most people skilled in Insurance are similarly competent in Billing and Accounts Receivable.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Office Manager

Pay by Experience for a Dental Office Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Dental Office Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 726 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dental Office Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 831 salaries. An experienced Dental Office Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 1,222 salaries. A Dental Office Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 860 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,225

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

For Dental Office Managers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Dental Office Managers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+17 percent), Portland (+13 percent), Boston (+8 percent), and San Diego (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 12 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dallas (11 percent less) and Las Vegas (5 percent less).

Dental Office Manager Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Dental Office Manager?

Dental Office Manager in Anaheim:
Pros: Helping people both employee and patients.
Cons: Do not get paid nearly enough.

Dental Office Manager in Washington:
"Stressful."
Pros: Making patients happy.
Cons: Stress from patients and insurance companies.

Dental Office Manager in Laguna Woods:
"Multitasking at it best."
Pros: I love the diversity. Always something to do.
Cons: Having to collect money or present treatment to people financially strapped.

Dental Office Manager in San Antonio:
"Office conditions."
Pros: The doctors and staff. Managing the schedule and practice. Meeting new people.
Cons:

Dental Office Manager in Allentown:
"Great."
Pros: Children learning new things everyday.
Cons: The changes each day adopting to doctors changing their mind each minute.

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Key Stats for Dental Office Manager

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 584 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
30%

Experience Affects Dental Office Manager Salaries

▲8%

▲2%

National Average
$47,000

▼5%

▼13%

Skills That Affect Dental Office Manager Salaries

Human Resources
▲37%






National Average
$47,000

Office Management
▼1%

Accounts Receivable
▼1%

Customer Relations
▼1%

▼2%


▼3%

▼3%

▼4%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 584 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 11%
no benefits
None: 42%