Dental Receptionist Salary

Most Dental Receptionists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $14.81 per hour. Total incomes of Dental Receptionists incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $1K from bonuses and close to $4K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $21K and $43K. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Just under one in three enjoy medical while roughly two-fifths get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one in ten. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,955 - $45,408
(Median)
$20K
$31K
$45K
MEDIAN: $30,988
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$10.13 - $20.32
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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
$19,955 - $45,408  
   
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 - $42,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.13 - $20.32  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.42  
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 - $1,160  
   
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 - $42,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,261
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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


Survey results show that Dental Receptionists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Collections, Billing, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 4 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Typing and Bilingual. It is often found that people who know Insurance are also skilled in 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $26K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $32K. Dental Receptionists bring in $35K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $38K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Dental Receptionists that is 36 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Dental Receptionists will also find cushy salaries in Sacramento (+33 percent), Minneapolis (+19 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Portland (+14 percent). Falling short of the national average by 20 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta. Workers in Baltimore and Tampa earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Dental Receptionist Salaries




National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Dental Receptionist Salaries

Collections
up arrow 32%

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
17%
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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