Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office Salary (United States)

Women account for the majority of Dental Receptionists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $14.73 per hour. The range in pay spans from $10.18 per hour to $20.32. About a third people have medical and dental plans, and less than 10 percent have vision insurance. Most Dental Receptionists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office Salary (?
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$24,300 - $41,832
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MEDIAN: $30,023
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Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office Salary (?
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$10.18 - $20.32
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$24,300 - $41,832  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
Profit Sharing
$800 - $2,500  
Total Pay (?
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$21,636 - $43,039  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 55
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.18 - $20.32  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
   
Profit Sharing
$800 - $2,500  
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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$21,636 - $43,039  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 576
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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
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office

Dental Receptionists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Customer Service, Insurance, Accounts Receivable, and Billing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 6 percent, 4 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Most people experienced in Insurance also know Billing.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Dental Receptionists do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. Starting out, salaries are typically $27K, which grows to $33K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $36K after 10 to 20 years. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Dental Receptionists who have made it this far report earning around $38K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

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Experience Affects Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries

National Average
$31,000

Skills That Affect Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries

Insurance
up arrow 4%
Accounts Receivable
up arrow 4%
Scheduling
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Billing
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Software Knowledge
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Phone Support
0%
National Average
$31,000
Job Scheduling
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
98%
female alumni
 
Male
2%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 34% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 9% employee benefits None: 46%
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