Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office Salary (United States)

Women comprise the majority of Front Desk Receptionist for Dental Offices in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $14.23 per hour on average. Compensation generally starts at $9.89 per hour and does not exceed $19.99. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. About a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and 42 percent collect dental insurance. The majority of Front Desk Receptionist for Dental Offices claim high levels of job satisfaction. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office Salary (?
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$19,525 - $43,696
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MEDIAN: $31,000
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Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office Salary (?
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$9.89 - $19.99
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$19,525 - $43,696  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,784  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $19,392  
Total Pay (?
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$20,629 - $42,236  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 127
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.89 - $19.99  
   
Overtime
$1.25 - $28.84  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,784  
   
Profit Sharing
$515 - $19,392  
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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$20,629 - $42,236  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,376
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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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Front Desk Receptionist for Dental Offices' salaries may rise greatly in accordance with career advancement. Those who assume a higher-end position such as a Dental Hygienist may get paid an extra $33K per year. Becoming an Dental Office Manager or a Dental Receptionist is a common transition from a Front Desk Receptionist for Dental Office role.

Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office

Survey results suggest that Front Desk Receptionist for Dental Offices use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Accounts Receivable, Collections, Billing, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 10 percent, 8 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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.
For Front Desk Receptionist for Dental Offices, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $26K; however, pay rises to approximately $33K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $35K. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Front Desk Receptionist for Dental Offices at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $37K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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$30,000
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Surpassing the national average by 18 percent, Front Desk Receptionist for Dental Offices in Tulsa receive some of the highest pay in the country. Front Desk Receptionist for Dental Offices will also find cushy salaries in New York (+3 percent) and San Diego (+3 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 12 percent south of the national average, can be found in Lancaster. Workers in Chattanooga and Houston earn less than others in this profession; their -9 percent and -7 percent-salaries fall short of the national average.

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 Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 163 votes.

Gender

Female
98%
female alumni
 
Male
2%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
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: 10% employee benefits None: 43%
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