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Dental Receptionist Salary

Dental Receptionists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $14.74 per hour for pay. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $1K and $4K, respectively — total cash payment to Dental Receptionists can bottom out near $21K or peak near $43K depending on individual performance. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Just under a third enjoy medical while nearly two in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-tenth. Job satisfaction for Dental Receptionists is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,526 - $44,723
(Median)
$21K
$31K
$45K
MEDIAN: $31,424
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50%
90%

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$10.09 - $20.39
(Median)
$10
$15
$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$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,526 - $44,723  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,034  
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $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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$21,078 - $42,786  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 82
National Hourly Rate 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$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.09 - $20.39  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.65  
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 - $1,034  
   
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $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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$21,078 - $42,786  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,131

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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 $44K 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 results imply that Dental Receptionists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Collections, Billing, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 5 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Typing. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $26K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $32K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $35K in this role. Dental Receptionists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $38K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Dental Receptionists, Sacramento provides a pay rate that is 39 percent greater than the national average. Dental Receptionists will also find cushy salaries in Fairfax (+32 percent), San Diego (+32 percent), Minneapolis (+20 percent), and Seattle (+18 percent). Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Tampa.

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Experience Affects Dental Receptionist Salaries




National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Dental Receptionist Salaries

Collections
up arrow 33%

up arrow 5%

Insurance
up arrow 4%

Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Bilingual
up arrow 1%

National Average
$31,000

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%