Dental Receptionist Salary

Most Dental Receptionists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $15.00 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $3K, respectively — total cash payment to Dental Receptionists can bottom out near $23K or peak near $43K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Nearly one in four enjoy medical while about one in three get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about a tenth. Most Dental Receptionists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,334 - $49,346
$19K
$33K
$49K
MEDIAN: $33,446
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$10.86 - $20.16
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,334 - $49,346  
   
Bonus
$162.50 - $4,880  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $3,041  
Commission
$325.00  
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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$22,652 - $42,643  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.86 - $20.16  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.37  
Overtime
$15.02 - $34.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$162.50 - $4,880  
   
Commission
$325.00  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $3,041  
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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$22,652 - $42,643  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,090

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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

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

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. Becoming a Dental Office Receptionist or an Office Manager of a Dental Office is often the next step for a Dental Receptionist.

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Popular Skills for Dental Receptionist


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Collections, Dental assistant, and Accounts Receivable are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 20 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Entry, Typing, and Oral / Verbal Communication. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Insurance.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Receptionist

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


Dental Receptionists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $28K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $33K. Dental Receptionists see a median salary of $35K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $39K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,419

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

Dental Receptionists will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 21 percent. Dental Receptionists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Hartford (+19 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), Portland (+14 percent), and Honolulu (+12 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Houston. Employers also pay below the national average in Sacramento (15 percent lower) and Baltimore (11 percent lower).

Dental Receptionist Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Dental Receptionist

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 121 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Dental Receptionist Salaries

▲23%

▲10%

▲4%

National Average
$31,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Dental Receptionist Salaries

Collections
▲31%

Dental assistant
▲20%

Accounts Receivable
▲10%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▲6%

▲3%

▲3%

Bill Collections
▲1%

Scheduling
▼0%

National Average
$31,000


Bilingual
▼4%

Typing
▼7%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼7%

Data Entry
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 26%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
vision benefits
Vision: 10%
dental benefits
None: 56%
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