Dental Receptionist Salary (United States)

Dental Receptionists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $14.67 per hour for pay. Pay generally spreads from $10.03 per hour to $20.40. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Around one third enjoy medical while 41 percent get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to 11 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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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MEDIAN: $14.00
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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 (?
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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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Additional career progression often leads to a hefty increase in pay for Dental Receptionists. At the upper end, those who move into a Dental Office Manager role can bring in an extra $13,347 per year. The most common career progression for Dental Receptionists leads to becoming a Dental Office Manager, resulting in an extra $10,129 annually. However, many Dental Receptionists also opt to become a Dental Office Receptionist, a move that typically leads to a pay cut of $2,198.

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Popular Skills for Dental Receptionist

Dental Receptionists generally report applying a varied skill set 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Typing. Most people familiar with 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, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $26K to $33K. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $35K. Dental Receptionists experience only minor salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $38K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about 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 about one-fifth. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$31,000
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Dental Receptionists will find that Fairfax offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 33 percent. Dental Receptionists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+20 percent), Columbus (+19 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), and Honolulu (+15 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in San Diego.

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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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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%