Dental Receptionist Salary

Dental Receptionists in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $14.83 per hour. Final cash compensation to Dental Receptionists varies from around $21K to approximately $43K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $1K and $4K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Dental Receptionists report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly less than a third, and roughly two in five earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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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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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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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. 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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Typing, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Bilingual. 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $27K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $32K. Dental Receptionists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $35K. As Dental Receptionists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $38K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,077

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

Sacramento is home to an above-average pay rate for Dental Receptionists, 29 percent higher than the national average. 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). Baltimore is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 10 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Jose and Tampa (1 percent less).

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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