Hospitals, physicians and nursing homes rely on medical office managers to hire secretaries and office workers, schedule their hours, and oversee the ordering of supplies and equipment. Medical office managers also ensure that their employers are in compliance with federal and state regulations when filing and maintaining insurance claims and medical records. If you want to work as a medical office manager, you can expect to earn a salary averaging between $50,000 and $60,000 annually.
Education and Qualifications
To become a medical office manager, you'll likely need at least an associate degree in medical office management or health care management, and one to five years of experience in medical office management. Some employers may prefer that you have a bachelor's degree. Key qualifications are a working knowledge of medical technology, and of coding and billing practices. Transferable qualities valuable to the job include analytical, organizational, communication, supervisory, problem-solving, decision-making and computer skills.
The average annual salary of a medical office manager was $55,000 as of 2013, according to the job site Indeed. This is slightly higher than the average salary that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported for first-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers in May 2012, which was $52,830. The bureau doesn't report specific salary information for medical office managers.
Salary by Region
In 2013, average salaries for medical office managers varied the most within the West region, according to Indeed, where they earned the highest salaries of $59,000 in California and lowest of $36,000 in Hawaii. Those in the Northeast made $47,000 to $66,000 in Maine and New York, respectively. In Louisiana, the average salary was also $47,000, but the District of Columbia average was $65,000 per year, the two averages accounting for the lowest and highest earnings in the South region. In the Midwest, you'd earn the least in South Dakota and Nebraska, at an average of $41,000, and the most in Illinois at $66,000.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 14-percent increase in jobs for first-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers from 2010 to 2020, which is on par with the national hiring average for all occupations. It forecasts a 22-percent increase in employment for medical and health services managers during this decade, an above-average rate that may be more reflective of what medical office managers can expect. Increases among middle-aged and senior baby boomers should increase the number of patients in hospitals and physicians' offices, which may positively impact jobs available in this field. With modern medical advances, many medical procedures that were once performed in hospitals are now being done in physicians' offices -- a viable target for your job searches.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Data for Occupations Not Covered in Detail: Front-line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment Statistics: First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
- Florida Tech University Online: Medical Office Manager: Careers and Job Information
- Monroe County Medical Society: Office Manager
- Norwalk Community College: Medical Office Management
- Indeed: Medial Office Manager Salary
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Medical and Health Services Managers: Job Outlook
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- Indeed: Medical Office Manager Salary in Maine, and New York
- Indeed: Medical Office Manager Salary in Hawaii, and California
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