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 $14.51 per hour for pay. In the world of Dental Office Receptionists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $20K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $21K and $43K. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to around one in three, and more than two-fifths earn dental coverage. Most Dental Office Receptionists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$19,487 - $43,965

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$9.98 - $20.16

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$19,487 - $43,965  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,753  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $19,574  
Total Pay (?
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$20,762 - $42,530  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 115
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Hourly Rate
$9.98 - $20.16  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,753  
   
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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$20,762 - $42,530  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,289
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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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At the upper end, Dental Office Receptionists who move into a Dental Hygienist role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Dental Hygienists is a much higher $64K per year. A Dental Office Receptionist may also move into a role as an Office Manager of a Dental Office or a Dental Receptionist.

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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, Collections, Billing, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.


Dental Office Receptionists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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 $36K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $37K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Dental Office Receptionists will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 31 percent. Dental Office Receptionists will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+8 percent), New York (+5 percent), Tulsa (+5 percent), and Charlotte (+2 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Dental Office Receptionists in Houston earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 15 percent less in San Diego and 13 percent less in Lancaster, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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




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Customer Service
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National Average
$31,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 154 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

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: 11% employee benefits None: 43%
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