Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office Salary

Most Dental Office Receptionists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $14.40 per hour. Total incomes of Dental Office Receptionists incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $2K from bonuses and close to $20K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $21K and $42K. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Dental Office Receptionists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Close to a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than two-fifths collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,371 - $42,523
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$19K
$31K
$43K
MEDIAN: $30,712
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$9.93 - $20.02
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$19,371 - $42,523  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,726  
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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$20,673 - $42,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.93 - $20.02  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.42  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,726  
   
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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$20,673 - $42,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,318

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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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Dental Office Receptionists may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Dental Hygienist. The latter position pays an average of $64K annually. 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, Billing, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Spanish Language. It is often found that people who know Customer Service are also skilled in 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $27K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $32K. On average, Dental Office Receptionists make $35K following one to two decades on the job. 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 32 percent. Dental Office Receptionists will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+8 percent), Tulsa (+5 percent), New York (+4 percent), and Denver (+3 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Houston is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Lancaster and Austin (13 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
$30,000


Skills That Affect Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries



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Job Scheduling
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National Average
$30,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 162 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 33% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 43%