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Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office Salary

Dental Office Receptionists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $14.44 per hour for pay. Cash earnings for Dental Office Receptionists — which occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing — stretch from around $21K to approximately $42K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Work is enjoyable for Dental Office Receptionists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. About one in three enjoy medical while just over two-fifths get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-tenth. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,534 - $42,803
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$20K
$31K
$43K
MEDIAN: $30,782
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$9.94 - $20.07
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$19,534 - $42,803  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,806  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $19,574  
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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$20,696 - $42,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.94 - $20.07  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.62  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,806  
   
Profit Sharing
$511 - $19,574  
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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$20,696 - $42,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,313

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Job Description for Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office

The dental office front desk receptionist is the first person that clients see when they visit or call the dental office. The receptionist does vital work with scheduling, records handling and entry, correspondence, verifying insurance eligibility, and facilitating records requests.

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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.
  • Greet visitors, ascertain purpose of visit, and direct them to appropriate staff.
  • Compile and record medical charts, reports, and correspondence.
  • Interview patients to complete insurance and privacy forms.

Common Career Paths for Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office


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Dental Office Receptionists may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Dental Hygienist. The latter position pays an average of $64K annually. Becoming an Office Manager of a Dental Office or a Dental Receptionist is a common transition from a Dental Office Receptionist role.

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Popular Skills for Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office


Dental Office Receptionists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Accounts Receivable, Collections, Billing, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Spanish Language. It is often found that people who know Customer Service are also skilled in Insurance.

Pay by Experience Level for Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $27K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $32K. Dental Office Receptionists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $35K. 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.

Pay Difference by Location


For Dental Office Receptionists, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Dental Office Receptionists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+8 percent), Tulsa (+6 percent), San Diego (+6 percent), and New York (+4 percent). The lowest-paying market is Houston, which sits 17 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Lancaster (13 percent less) and Austin (11 percent less).

Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office Reviews

What is it like working as a Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office?

Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office in Westfield:
"Good."
Pros: Very interesting to learn about the types of orthodontic problems.
Cons: We need to know what everyone does and no one has a set job position.

Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office in Bluffton:
"Dental Receptionist."
Pros: I love interacting with people; figuring out conflicts and problems make my job worthwhile. Also, fixing people's smiles and getting them out of pain is always rewarding.
Cons: I hate sitting down all the time. And oftentimes there is a lull in work to be done.

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Experience Affects Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries




National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries



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Scheduling
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Customer Service
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Phone Support
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National Average
$30,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 161 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 33% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 43%
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