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Dental Receptionist Salary (United States)

Dental Receptionists in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $14.67 per hour. 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 $3K, respectively. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Just under one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about two-fifths collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Dental Receptionists is high. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Dental Receptionist Salary (?
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$19,955 - $42,832
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MEDIAN: $30,638
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Dental Receptionist Salary (?
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$10.03 - $20.40
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$19,955 - $42,832  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,019  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $3,064  
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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$20,959 - $42,713  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 72
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $20.40  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,019  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $3,064  
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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$20,959 - $42,713  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 989
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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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More often than not, Dental Receptionists take top-notch roles like Dental Office Manager. Pay for that position is typically $44K annually. It is not unusual for a Dental Receptionist to become a Dental Office Receptionist or an Office Manager of a Dental Office.

Dental Receptionist Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Dental Receptionist

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Collections, Billing, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent, 6 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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 many Dental Receptionists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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 bring in $35K after working for 10 to 20 years. Dental Receptionists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $38K. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining slightly less than a fifth.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$31,000
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For Dental Receptionists, busy Fairfax offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Minneapolis, Columbus, Seattle, and Honolulu are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Dental Receptionists earning around 20 percent, 19 percent, 18 percent, and 15 percent more than average. In San Diego, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Dental Receptionist Salaries

National Average
$31,000

Skills That Affect Dental Receptionist Salaries

Collections
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Scheduling
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$31,000
Typing
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 171 votes.

Gender

Female
99%
female alumni
 
Male
1%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 31% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 46%