Dental Office Receptionists in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $15.00 per hour. Pay ranges from $10.57 per hour on the low end to $20.58 on the high end. Cash earnings for Dental Office Receptionists — which occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing — stretch from around $22K to approximately $44K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but tenure and the specific company are influential factors as well. Most Dental Office Receptionists report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to more than a third, and around two in five earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$19,625 - $57,610
$20K
$32K
$58K
MEDIAN: $32,057
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$10.57 - $20.58
$11
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$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$19,625 - $57,610  
   
Bonus
$197.55 - $2,943  
Profit Sharing
$50.34 - $5,960  
Commission
$0.00  
Total Pay (?
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$21,859 - $43,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 51
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.57 - $20.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$14.19 - $31.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$197.55 - $2,943  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$50.34 - $5,960  
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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$21,859 - $43,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 794

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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

  • Compile and record medical charts, reports, and correspondence.
  • Interview patients to complete insurance and privacy forms.
  • Receive insurance co-pay payments and post amounts paid to patient accounts.
  • Schedule and confirm patient appointments, check-ups and physician referrals.
  • Answer telephones and direct calls to appropriate staff.

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For Dental Office Receptionists, progressing to a Dental Hygienist role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Dental Hygienist can earn $64K annually. An Office Manager of a Dental Office or a Dental Receptionist is a typical transition from a Dental Office Receptionist role.

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Popular Skills for Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office


Dental Office Receptionists seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Accounts Receivable, bill collections, Collections, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Spanish Language. The majority of those who know Customer Service also 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $28K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $34K. Dental Office Receptionists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $36K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $39K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,467

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Surpassing the national average by 17 percent, Dental Office Receptionists in Sacramento receive some of the highest pay in the country. Dental Office Receptionists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+6 percent) and New York (+4 percent). Compared to the national average, Los Angeles Dental Office Receptionists have considerably lower salaries, 27 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Miami and San Diego (21 percent less).

Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 89 votes.
039
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
15%
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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





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Customer Service
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Phone Support
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National Average
$31,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 15%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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