Dental Receptionist Salary

Women comprise the majority of Dental Receptionists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $14.80 per hour on average. Total cash earnings of Dental Receptionists range from $21K on the low end to $43K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $1K and $4K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to just under a third, and nearly two in five earn dental coverage. The majority of Dental Receptionists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,980 - $45,262

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$10.13 - $20.30

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,980 - $45,262  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,160  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $3,606  
Total Pay (?
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$21,144 - $42,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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Hourly Rate
$10.13 - $20.30  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,160  
   
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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$21,144 - $42,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,276
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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 often transition into Dental Office Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Dental Office Managers earn $45K per year. A Dental Receptionist often moves on to become 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 pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Collections and Billing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Typing and Bilingual. Those familiar with Insurance also tend to know Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Receptionist

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


Dental Receptionists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $26K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $32K. Dental Receptionists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $35K. Dental Receptionists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $38K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Diego is home to an above-average pay rate for Dental Receptionists, 36 percent higher than the national average. Dental Receptionists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Sacramento (+34 percent), Minneapolis (+19 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Portland (+14 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Baltimore is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Tampa (5 percent lower) and Chicago (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Dental Receptionist Salaries




National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Dental Receptionist Salaries

Collections
up arrow 33%

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
34%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

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