Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office Salary

Dental Office Receptionists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $14.46 per hour for pay. Total cash compensation to Dental Office Receptionists bottoms out near $21K and approaches $43K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $2K from bonuses and almost $20K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction for Dental Office Receptionists is high. Medical benefits are awarded to close to a third, and just over two-fifths earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,653 - $43,965
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$20K
$31K
$44K
MEDIAN: $30,821
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$9.94 - $20.13
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$19,653 - $43,965  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,753  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $19,653  
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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$20,710 - $42,511  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 115
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.94 - $20.13  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,753  
   
Profit Sharing
$509 - $19,653  
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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$20,710 - $42,511  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,314
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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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As Dental Office Receptionists transition into upper-level roles such as Dental Hygienist, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Dental Hygienists earn $64K on average 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


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 5 percent and 11 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $27K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $32K. Dental Office Receptionists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $36K. Dental Office Receptionists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $37K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Dental Office Receptionists in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Dental Office Receptionists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+8 percent), New York (+5 percent), Tulsa (+5 percent), and Denver (+2 percent). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Houston is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Lancaster and Chattanooga also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 10 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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Scheduling
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Customer Service
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National Average
$30,000

Phone Support
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 154 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
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: 11% employee benefits None: 42%
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