Most Dental Receptionists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $14.89 per hour. Total cash compensation to Dental Receptionists approaches anywhere from $22K on the lower end to $43K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $3K from profit sharing. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Dental Receptionists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to one-fourth, and more than a third earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,178 - $48,700
(Median)
$23K
$33K
$49K
MEDIAN: $33,268
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90%

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$10.64 - $20.22
(Median)
$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,178 - $48,700  
   
Bonus
$146.81 - $4,939  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $3,452  
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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$22,309 - $42,642  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.64 - $20.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.37  
Overtime
$14.88 - $33.84  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$146.81 - $4,939  
   
Commission
$325.00  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $3,452  
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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$22,309 - $42,642  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,074
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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 who move on to become Dental Office Managers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Dental Office Managers get paid an average 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


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Collections and Diagnosis and Treatment Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent and 13 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Dental assistant, Data Entry, and Typing. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Insurance.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Receptionist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $28K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $32K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $35K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $38K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,223

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

San Diego is home to an above-average pay rate for Dental Receptionists, 25 percent higher than the national average. Dental Receptionists will also find cushy salaries in Hartford (+20 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), Portland (+15 percent), and Honolulu (+12 percent). In Sacramento, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston (15 percent lower) and Baltimore (10 percent lower).

Dental Receptionist Reviews

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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Experience Affects Dental Receptionist Salaries




National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Dental Receptionist Salaries

Collections
up arrow 32%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 13%

Insurance
up arrow 3%

Billing
up arrow 3%

Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Bilingual
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$31,000

Typing
up arrow 7%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 7%

Data Entry
up arrow 10%

Dental assistant
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 118 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
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 27%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
medical benefits
Vision: 9%
dental benefits
None: 54%
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