Dental Receptionist Salary

Most Dental Receptionists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $14.94 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction for Dental Receptionists is high. Medical benefits are awarded to one in four, and nearly one-third earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,576 - $50,328
$20K
$33K
$50K
MEDIAN: $32,796
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$10.83 - $20.18
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MEDIAN: $14.94
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,576 - $50,328  
   
Bonus
$154.56 - $3,515  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Commission
$325.00  
Total Pay (?
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$22,613 - $42,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 55
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.83 - $20.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.37  
Overtime
$15.02 - $34.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$154.56 - $3,515  
   
Commission
$325.00  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$22,613 - $42,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,108

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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

  • Greet visitors, ascertain purpose of visit, and direct them to appropriate staff.
  • Interview patients to complete insurance and privacy forms.
  • Receive insurance co-pay payments and post amounts paid to patient accounts.
  • Schedule and confirm patient appointments, check-ups and physician referrals.
  • Answer telephones and direct calls to appropriate staff.

Common Career Paths for Dental Receptionist


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Many Dental Receptionists move into a Dental Office Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $45K per year. A Dental Office Receptionist or a Dental Office Receptionist is a typical transition from a Dental Receptionist role.

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Popular Skills for Dental Receptionist


Dental Receptionists seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Collections, Accounts Receivable, and Diagnosis and Treatment Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 10 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Entry, Typing, and Oral / Verbal Communication. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled in Insurance.

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 worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $28K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $33K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $35K in this role. Dental Receptionists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $39K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,302

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

For Dental Receptionists, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Dental Receptionists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Hartford (+20 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), Portland (+15 percent), and Honolulu (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 20 percent, Cincinnati is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Houston and Sacramento (15 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

Dental Receptionist Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Dental Receptionist

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 120 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Dental Receptionist Salaries

▲23%

▲10%

▲4%

National Average
$31,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Dental Receptionist Salaries

Collections
▲31%

Accounts Receivable
▲10%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▲6%

▲3%

▲3%

Scheduling
▼0%

Customer Service
▼0%

Bill Collections
▼0%

National Average
$31,000

Bilingual
▼3%

Dental assistant
▼6%

Typing
▼7%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼7%

Data Entry
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 26%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
vision benefits
Vision: 10%
dental benefits
None: 55%
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