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. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Dental Office Receptionists report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by one-third, and nearly one in ten earn vision coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,884 - $45,140
(Median)
$24K
$31K
$45K
MEDIAN: $31,461
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$10.21 - $20.57
(Median)
$10
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$23,884 - $45,140  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,468  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$21,612 - $43,632  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 43
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $20.57  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $27.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,468  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$21,612 - $43,632  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 484
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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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At the upper end, Dental Office Receptionists who move into a Dental Office Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Dental Office Managers is a much higher $45K per year.

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Popular Skills for Front Desk/Receptionist, Dental Office


Dental Office Receptionists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Accounts Receivable, Insurance, Billing, and Software Knowledge are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Insurance are also skilled 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 many Dental Office Receptionists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $27K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $32K. Dental Office Receptionists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $36K. Dental Office Receptionists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $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

Accounts Receivable
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Insurance
up arrow 3%

Billing
up arrow 2%

Software Knowledge
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Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Phone Support
up arrow 1%

Job Scheduling
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National Average
$31,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 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
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 32%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
medical benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 49%
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