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Dental Receptionist Salary

Women comprise the majority of Dental Receptionists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $14.78 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Dental Receptionists — which occasionally include more than $1K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $21K to approximately $43K. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Just under one in three enjoy medical while nearly two in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one in ten. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,294 - $45,868
(Median)
$20K
$32K
$46K
MEDIAN: $32,000
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$10.10 - $20.40
(Median)
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$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,294 - $45,868  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,148  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $3,575  
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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$21,107 - $42,872  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.10 - $20.40  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.45  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,148  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $3,575  
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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$21,107 - $42,872  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,180

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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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Advancing into a Dental Office Manager role seems to be a popular career move for Dental Receptionists, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger 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


Dental Receptionists report using a pretty varied skill set 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, 5 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Typing. Most people 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $26K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $32K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Dental Receptionists make a median salary of $35K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $38K.

Pay Difference by Location


Sacramento is home to an above-average pay rate for Dental Receptionists, 33 percent higher than the national average. Dental Receptionists will also find cushy salaries in Fairfax (+32 percent), San Diego (+32 percent), Minneapolis (+19 percent), and Seattle (+17 percent). Baltimore ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Tampa and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 5 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%

up arrow 5%

Insurance
up arrow 4%

Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$31,000

Bilingual
up arrow 3%

Typing
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 189 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
19%

Common Health Benefits

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