Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Dental Office Receptionists in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $15.60 per hour. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Dental Office Receptionists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to somewhere between a fifth and a fourth, and more than a third earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,489 - $56,285
$23K
$40K
$56K
MEDIAN: $39,501
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50%
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$11.48 - $20.62
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MEDIAN: $15.60
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$0$56K
Salary $23,489 - $56,285
Bonus $0.00 - $2,013
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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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$23,936 - $44,939
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 18
Hourly Data $0$32
Hourly Rate $11.48 - $20.62
Hourly Tips $0.36
Overtime $16.50 - $32.58
Annual Data $0$44K
Bonus $0.00 - $2,013
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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$23,936 - $44,939
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 255

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Job Description for Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office

A front desk receptionist at a dental office performs front desk-related tasks such as greeting customers, checking them in, and scheduling follow-up appointments. At the same time, the front desk receptionist also answers calls and emails from patients requesting information and appointments. They may have to perform clerical duties such as completing correspondence, data entry, and organizing files as well. Additionally, the receptionist obtains information from patients such as billing information, identification, and consent and patient information forms. They may also call insurance companies to verify insurance information, often before patient arrival. The front desk receptionist also performs transactions related to payments and co-payments involving cash and credit cards.

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Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office 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 Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office


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Dental Office Receptionists who transition into a Dental Office Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $45K per year.

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Popular Skills for Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Billing, Accounts Receivable, Insurance, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Real-Time, Job Scheduling, and Organizational Development. For most people, competency in Insurance indicates knowledge of Billing.

Pay by Experience Level for Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office

Pay by Experience for a Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office has a positive trend. An entry-level Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 132 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 64 salaries. An experienced Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 74 salaries. A Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 29 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,009

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

With a pay rate for Dental Office Receptionists that is 7 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Dental Office Receptionists in San Antonio earn salaries far below the national average by 34 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dallas (24 percent less) and Orlando (13 percent less).

Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office?

Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office in Pasco:
"It's great."
Pros: Talking and helping out the community.
Cons: Rude patients.

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Key Stats for Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries

▲15%

▲13%

▲3%

National Average
$33,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries

▲4%


National Average
$33,000

▼1%

Scheduling
▼2%






▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 23%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
vision benefits
Vision: 10%
no benefits
None: 53%
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