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Dental Practice Manager Salary Survey

Between August 2021 and September 2021, DentalPost surveyed more than 13,000 dental professionals, including dental practice front office team members. We received input from all key “front office” team roles, including Dental Practice Managers/Administrators, Dental Billing Specialists, and General Front Office Staff Members.

Following are highlights and takeaways for Dental Practice Managers / Administrators.


The reported hourly rates of dental practice managers/administrators ranged from $13.00 to $70.00. The median hourly rate was $28.00.
The average and median reported total income of dental practice managers/administrators was significantly higher in corporate practices than in private practices.
Even though 72% had received a pay raise in the last two years, only 42% were “satisfied” with their income.
Almost one third work more than 40 hours a week.
Even though dental office managers are relatively stable in their employment compared to dental hygienists, dental assistants, and other front office team members, 15% of the responding dental practice managers/administrators planned to apply for a new job within one year.

Dental Practice Managers / Administrators audience demographics

Survey respondents who self-identified as dental practice managers/administrators:

  • 98% are women.
  • 2% are men.
  • 30% are sole income providers.
  • 35% completed a college-level program in practice/office management.
  • 14% have AADOM Distinction.
  • 21% work in more than one dental office location.
  • 62% work with dental teams of 5 to 15 team members.

Years of experience

 Less than 5% have fewer than 5 years of experience in their management role.

Average hours per week

31% of office managers/administrators work more than 40 hours per week.

Satisfaction with hours

Over half are “satisfied” with the hours they work.

Additional duties

65% reported they are performing extra duties since the pandemic started, and 25% said they were being compensated for these extra duties.

Side jobs

20% work a second job. 75% of these gig workers have a side job outside of dentistry.

How they are paid

  • 70% in corporate practices are paid an annual salary.
  • Private dental practices tend to pay their dental practice managers/administrators by the hour (56%) compared to corporate dental practices (28%).
  • Only 2% of dental practice managers/administrators are paid a percentage of production or a daily wage.

How much they make

Dental practice managers/administrators, who work more than 30 hours a week reported annual income that ranged from $20,000 to $200,000. Only 3% reported an annual income below $31,000. Those working in corporate practices make, on average, more than those working in private practices.

  • Just over 44% earn between $41,000 and $60,000 per year.
  • 43% earn more than $60,000.

Income: comparing private practice vs. corporate practice

  • Average income in private practices = $62,100
  • Average income in corporate practices = $71,630
  • Median income in private practices = $60,000
  • Median income in corporate practices = $65,500

Income: comparing years of experience

The following chart shows the average and median annual income of dental practice managers/administrators, who work more than 30 hours a week, by years of experience. The data suggests the median income of these dental professionals could rise 20% and more than that over the course of their careers but the incremental increases are small enough that those who have worked more than 30 years in their roles are making at most $6,000 more than those who have worked 10 to 19 years.

Hourly rate

Reported hourly rates range from $13.00 to $70.00. Nearly 62% have an hourly rate between $21 and $30. The average hourly rate of all respondents is $28.32.

Last wage increase

Just over 71% received a pay raise in the last two years.  Despite this high percentage, 26% expressed discontent with their income.

Longevity in current job:

Nearly 50% have been with their current employer for 2 to 6 years. Just over 20% have been with their current employer for 10 or more years.

Retirement plans:

  • 43% plan to retire within the next decade
  • 4.25% plan to retire within the next 2 years.

Job application:

17% applied for a new job in the last year.

15% plan to apply for a new job in the next year.

The average reported salary of those who intend to apply for new jobs in the coming year is $55,690, which is $6,675 lower than the average income of all responding office managers/administrators.

Only 3% of responding dental practice managers/administrators provided open comments. Among the comments stating motives to seek new employment were a desire for higher pay and health benefits. A few stated they are unhappy, in general, about having to work in a Covid-19 world.

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