Dental Receptionist Salary (United States)

Dental Receptionists in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $14.67 per hour. Pay ranges from $10.03 per hour on the low end to $20.40 on the higher side. Overall cash earnings for Dental Receptionists stretch from $19,955 on the lower end to $42,832 near the top, and the heftier packages can encompass around $1,019 from bonuses and $3,064 from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. In this profession, around one third individuals enjoy medical and dental coverage, and 11 percent have vision insurance, as well. Most Dental Receptionists report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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 (?
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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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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Dental Receptionists often receive a large increase in pay with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level Dental Office Manager position frequently earn an additional $13,347 per year. Going from Dental Receptionist to Dental Office Manager is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are bigger by $10,129. Many others choose to work as Dental Office Receptionists, where pay actually goes down by $2,198.

Dental Receptionist Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Dental Receptionist

Survey results suggest that Dental Receptionists put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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 Dental Receptionists, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Starting out, salaries are typically $26K, which grows to $33K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $35K. Though minimal, Dental Receptionists continue to experience salary development even after two decades, and pay is estimated at $38K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 21 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 19 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$31,000
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For Dental Receptionists, Fairfax provides a pay rate that is 33 percent greater than the national average. Other big spenders include Minneapolis, Columbus, Seattle, and Honolulu, top-paying cities where Dental Receptionists see paychecks higher than average (+20 percent, +19 percent, +18 percent, and +15 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Diego, 7 percent below the national average.

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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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Customer Service
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National Average
$31,000
Typing
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
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%
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