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Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office Salary (United States)

Women comprise the majority of Dental Office Receptionists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $14.23 per hour on average. In the world of Dental Office Receptionists, overall income ranges from $21K near the bottom to $42K at the top; this can include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $19K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Nearly one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than two-fifths collect dental insurance. The majority of Dental Office Receptionists claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office Salary (?
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$19,525 - $43,696
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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 (?
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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 127
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$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  
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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Dental Office Receptionists who transition into an upper level Dental Hygienist role may receive a large increase in pay as the position often pays $63K per year. A Dental Office Receptionist often moves on to become 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 wide range 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $26K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $32K. Dental Office Receptionists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $35K. Dental Office Receptionists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $37K. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up close to 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 close to one-eighth.

Pay Difference By Location

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$30,000
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For Dental Office Receptionists, Tulsa provides a pay rate that is 18 percent greater than the national average. Dental Office Receptionists 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. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Chattanooga (9 percent lower) and Houston (7 percent lower).

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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Scheduling
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Software Knowledge
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Customer Service
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National Average
$30,000
Phone Support
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Job Scheduling
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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%