Dental Receptionist Salary

Women comprise the majority of Dental Receptionists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $14.83 per hour on average. In the world of Dental Receptionists, total cash compensation can vary between $21K and $43K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $1K and $4K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of Dental Receptionists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly less than a third, and two in five earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$20,005 - $46,507
(Median)
$20K
$32K
$47K
MEDIAN: $31,614
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$10.22 - $20.30
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$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,005 - $46,507  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,247  
Profit Sharing
$505 - $3,548  
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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$21,389 - $42,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 89
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.22 - $20.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.94  
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,247  
   
Profit Sharing
$505 - $3,548  
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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$21,389 - $42,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,501
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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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Many Dental Receptionists move into a Dental Office Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much 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


Survey results suggest that Dental Receptionists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Collections and Billing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Typing, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Bilingual. For most people, competency in Customer Service indicates knowledge of Insurance.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Receptionist

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $27K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $32K. On average, Dental Receptionists make $35K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $38K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,077

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

For Dental Receptionists, working in the bustling city of Sacramento has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Dental Receptionists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+29 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), Honolulu (+13 percent), and Portland (+12 percent). Falling short of the national average by 10 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Baltimore. Workers in San Jose and Tampa earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 1 percent.

Dental Receptionist Reviews

What is it like working as a Dental Receptionist?

Dental Receptionist in Doylestown:
"It is very mind consuming. Multi-tasking is key."
Pros: Co-workers. I feel like I'm learning so much. Free dentistry for myself and 40% off for my family.
Cons: Some of the dynamic with a particular co-worker. Low pay. Sitting behind a desk.

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Experience Affects Dental Receptionist Salaries




National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Dental Receptionist Salaries

Collections
up arrow 32%

Insurance
up arrow 3%

Billing
up arrow 3%

Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
0%

Dental assistant
0%

National Average
$31,000

Bilingual
up arrow 5%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 8%

Typing
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 212 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 30%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
medical benefits
Vision: 9%
dental benefits
None: 48%
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