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Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office Salary

Most Dental Office Receptionists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $14.79 per hour. Slightly less than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and roughly two-fifths collect dental insurance. For the most part, Dental Office Receptionists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$24,323 - $46,130
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$46K
MEDIAN: $30,286
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$10.23 - $20.26
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,323 - $46,130  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,495  
Profit Sharing
$786 - $4,069  
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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$21,981 - $43,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.23 - $20.26  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $27.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,495  
   
Profit Sharing
$786 - $4,069  
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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$21,981 - $43,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 525

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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 Office Receptionists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Accounts Receivable, Insurance, Customer Service, and Billing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 5 percent. Those familiar with Insurance also tend to 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.


For many Dental Office Receptionists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $27K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $32K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Dental Office Receptionists bring in $36K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $37K.

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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
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Customer Service
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Scheduling
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Billing
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Phone Support
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Software Knowledge
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Job Scheduling
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National Average
$31,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 31% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 9% employee benefits None: 47%
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