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 $15.05 per hour on average. Pay generally varies between $10.88 per hour and $20.56. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career length, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. Medical benefits are awarded to more than a third, and approximately two in five earn dental coverage. Most Dental Office Receptionists report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,158 - $57,966
$20K
$33K
$58K
MEDIAN: $32,840
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$10.88 - $20.56
$11
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.05
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$20,158 - $57,966  
   
Bonus
$197.83 - $2,859  
Profit Sharing
$1,300  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$22,742 - $43,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.88 - $20.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$14.19 - $31.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$197.83 - $2,859  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$1,300  
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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$22,742 - $43,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 763

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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.

Common Career Paths for Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office


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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. 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


Survey takers working as Dental Office Receptionists report using a large range of professional skills. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Spanish Language. Most people who know Customer Service also know Insurance.

Pay by Experience Level for Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office

Pay by Experience for a Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office has a positive trend. An entry-level Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 439 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 191 salaries. An experienced Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 192 salaries. A Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 126 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,609

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

Dental Office Receptionists employed in New York pick up paychecks that are slightly larger than the national average; however, location does not seem to affect pay too strongly overall. Dental Office Receptionists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+2 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Dental Office Receptionist's salary, with Los Angeles Dental Office Receptionists earning salaries that are 28 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Miami and San Diego (21 percent lower and 20 percent lower, respectively).

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 90 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries

▲23%

▲15%

▲8%

National Average
$32,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries


▲6%


▲5%

▲5%


▲2%


Customer Service
▼0%

Phone Support
▼0%

National Average
$32,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 15%
no benefits
None: 45%