Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office Salary
|Salary||$20,158 - $57,966|
|Bonus||$197.83 - $2,859|
|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).)
|$22,742 - $43,831|
|Hourly Rate||$10.88 - $20.56|
|Overtime||$14.19 - $31.12|
|Bonus||$197.83 - $2,859|
|Total Pay (||$22,742 - $43,831|
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.Read More...
The front desk receptionist works with the dentists and assistants to ensure that scheduling proceeds in an effective manner. The receptionist directs arriving patients to waiting areas, and updates them on any expected waiting times. The receptionist also processes records and information filled out by patients and enters these into a computer database. The receptionist also works to verify all insurance eligibility as presented by patients who are to be seen by the dentists. Additionally, the receptionist will likely be the person called upon to provide insurers with any necessary records to verify procedures and findings by the dentist. Finally, the receptionist handles much of the scheduling for the office. She or he deals with incoming phone calls and directs inquiries appropriately. The front desk receptionist processes all incoming mail and directs it to appropriate personnel as required.
To work in this profession, a person usually needs a high school diploma or equivalent; there is some vocational education and job placement offered by some training schools, which may be beneficial or preferred. A receptionist must be organized and have strong phone and computer skills. He or she must be patient, understanding, and act as a pleasant and welcoming presence in the office.
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
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
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).
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