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What does a Medical Receptionist do?

Medical receptionists are essential support staff who manage the reception desk and help doctors with the business side of a medical practice. They work in hospitals, doctor's offices and clinics. They interact with doctors, other professional staff and insurance companies.


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Working as a Medical Receptionist

A medical receptionist usually is responsible for:

  • Registering new patients and updating existing patients' personal and financial information
  • Facilitating the flow of patients by notifying the doctor of a patient's arrival and communicating with patients and clinical staff
  • Answering the phone and maintaining a polite and consistent phone manner
  • Responding to inquiries by patients and visitors and protecting patient confidentiality
  • Keeping medical office supplies adequately stocked
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How much does a Medical Receptionist make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $17.12
Low $13.48
High $21.76
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a medical receptionist is $17.12 per hour in the United States. 41.5k salaries reported, updated at December 5, 2023

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What is the dress code for a medical receptionist?

Appropriate dress code for a medical receptionist will vary between companies. Large tech firms are more open to casual dress though some employers disallow very casual clothing such as shorts or flip flops. Casual outfits comprised of jeans and a t-shirt are usually acceptable at such companies. Typically, each employer will have their own official dress code policy. Generally accepted attire includes tailored slacks and dress shirts for men and dress pants or skirts and blouses or conservative dressy tops for women.

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