Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office Salary

Women comprise the majority of Dental Office Receptionists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $14.63 per hour on average. Total cash compensation to Dental Office Receptionists bottoms out near $21K and approaches $43K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $2K from bonuses and almost $20K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by career duration and the particular employer. For the most part, Dental Office Receptionists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. More than a third enjoy medical while more than two-fifths get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly an eighth. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,685 - $44,597
(Median)
$20K
$31K
$45K
MEDIAN: $30,662
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$10.09 - $20.20
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$19,685 - $44,597  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,933  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $19,727  
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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$21,015 - $42,527  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 102
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.09 - $20.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.33  
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,933  
   
Profit Sharing
$507 - $19,727  
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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$21,015 - $42,527  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,271
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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.

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Dental Office Receptionists' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Dental Hygienist. The average Dental Hygienist brings home $64K per year. 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


Survey results show that Dental Office Receptionists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Accounts Receivable, Collections, Insurance, and Billing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Spanish Language. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to know Insurance.

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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $27K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $32K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $35K in this role. 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.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,780

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Dental Office Receptionists that is 23 percent greater than the national average, Sacramento offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Dental Office Receptionists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+16 percent), Atlanta (+8 percent), New York (+5 percent), and Tulsa (+4 percent). Houston is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Lancaster and Chattanooga (14 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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
$31,000


Skills That Affect Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries



Insurance
up arrow 4%

Billing
up arrow 4%

Scheduling
up arrow 2%

Software Knowledge
up arrow 1%

Job Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$31,000

Phone Support
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 156 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
medical benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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