Dental Receptionist Salary

Dental Receptionists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $15.08 per hour for pay. In the world of Dental Receptionists, overall income ranges from $23K near the bottom to $43K at the top; this can include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $3K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Dental Receptionists report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to around one in four, and approximately one-third earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,774 - $49,347
$20K
$34K
$49K
MEDIAN: $34,067
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$11.15 - $20.28
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$0$49K
Salary $19,774 - $49,347
Bonus $178.76 - $3,723
Profit Sharing $306.39 - $3,048
Commission $325.00
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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$23,282 - $42,844
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 60
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $11.15 - $20.28
Hourly Tips $2.37
Overtime $15.54 - $36.19
Annual Data $0$42K
Bonus $178.76 - $3,723
Commission $325.00
Profit Sharing $306.39 - $3,048
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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$23,282 - $42,844
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,094

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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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Dental Receptionists often transition into Dental Office Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Dental Office Managers earn $45K per year. Becoming a Dental Office Receptionist or an Office Manager of a Dental Office is a common 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, Dental assistant, and Accounts Receivable are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 19 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Entry, Typing, and Oral / Verbal Communication. Most people who know Customer Service also know Insurance.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Receptionist

Pay by Experience for a Dental Receptionist has a positive trend. An entry-level Dental Receptionist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 582 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dental Receptionist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 270 salaries. An experienced Dental Receptionist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 291 salaries. A Dental Receptionist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 177 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,601

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

Home to some of the best pay for Dental Receptionists, San Diego offers exceptional salaries, 20 percent above the national average. Dental Receptionists will also find cushy salaries in Hartford (+18 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Portland (+14 percent), and Honolulu (+11 percent). In Houston, salaries are 18 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Sacramento and Baltimore also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent lower and 11 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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 160 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Dental Receptionist Salaries

▲22%

▲9%

▲4%

National Average
$32,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Dental Receptionist Salaries

Collections
▲30%

Dental assistant
▲19%

Accounts Receivable
▲9%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▲5%

▲2%

▲2%

Bill Collections
▲1%

Scheduling
▼0%

National Average
$32,000


Bilingual
▼4%

Typing
▼8%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼8%

Data Entry
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 160 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 26%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 9%
no benefits
None: 57%
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