Dental Receptionist Salary

Most Dental Receptionists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $14.83 per hour. In the world of Dental Receptionists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $1K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $4K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $21K and $43K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Just under a third enjoy medical while roughly two-fifths get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around one in ten. Job satisfaction for Dental Receptionists is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,322 - $45,713
(Median)
$20K
$31K
$46K
MEDIAN: $31,243
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$10.14 - $20.34
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$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,322 - $45,713  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,162  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $3,606  
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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$21,194 - $42,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $20.34  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,162  
   
Profit Sharing
$502 - $3,606  
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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$21,194 - $42,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,246
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Job Description for Dental Receptionist

A dental receptionist conducts a number of tasks within a dental office and typically serves as the "first face" that clients see when they enter the office. They take greet new patients and file their insurance information into the office's computer system; they must process insurance information and communicated with insurers and patients. They also handle billing procedures, including sending itemized bills to patients.

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Dental Receptionist Tasks

  • Schedule and confirm patient appointments, check-ups and physician referrals.
  • Answer telephones and direct calls to appropriate staff.
  • Receive insurance co-pay payments and post amounts paid to patient accounts.
  • Greet visitors, ascertain purpose of visit, and direct them to appropriate staff.
  • Interview patients to complete insurance and privacy forms.

Common Career Paths for Dental Receptionist


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Dental Receptionists might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Dental Office Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $45K per year. A Dental Receptionist may also move into a role as a Dental Office Receptionist or an Office Manager of a Dental Office.

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Popular Skills for Dental Receptionist


Dental Receptionists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Collections, Billing, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 4 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Typing and Bilingual. The majority of those who know Insurance also know Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Receptionist

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


For Dental Receptionists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $26K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $32K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $35K in this role. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Dental Receptionists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $38K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Dental Receptionists in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Dental Receptionists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Sacramento (+33 percent), Fairfax (+31 percent), Minneapolis (+19 percent), and Seattle (+17 percent). Baltimore ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. Tampa and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 6 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Dental Receptionist Salaries




National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Dental Receptionist Salaries

Collections
up arrow 32%

Billing
up arrow 4%

Insurance
up arrow 3%

Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$31,000

Bilingual
up arrow 6%

Typing
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 190 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 31% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 46%
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