Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office Salary

The larger portion of Dental Office Receptionists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $14.83 per hour. Job satisfaction for Dental Office Receptionists is high. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly less than a third, and more than a third earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,316 - $46,130
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$46K
MEDIAN: $30,286
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$10.23 - $20.27
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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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$21,932 - $43,068  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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Hourly Rate
$10.23 - $20.27  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $27.85  
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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$21,932 - $43,068  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 526
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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 imply that Dental Office Receptionists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Accounts Receivable, Insurance, Phone Support, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.


Dental Office Receptionists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $36K. Dental Office Receptionists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $38K.

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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 71 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
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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