Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office Salary

Most Dental Office Receptionists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $14.82 per hour. Slightly less than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than a third collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Dental Office Receptionists is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,316 - $46,130
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$46K
MEDIAN: $30,286
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$10.22 - $20.27
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,316 - $46,130  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,477  
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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$21,907 - $43,083  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.22 - $20.27  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $27.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,477  
   
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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$21,907 - $43,083  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 524
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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


Survey results suggest that Dental Office Receptionists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Accounts Receivable, Insurance, Phone Support, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Insurance are similarly competent in 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 Dental Office Receptionists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $27K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $32K. Dental Office Receptionists bring in $36K after working for 10 to 20 years. Dental Office Receptionists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $37K on average.

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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

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 4%

Insurance
up arrow 3%

Billing
up arrow 2%

Phone Support
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Software Knowledge
up arrow 1%

Job Scheduling
0%

National Average
$31,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 31% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 47%
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