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 $14.49 per hour. Total cash compensation to Dental Office Receptionists approaches anywhere from $21K on the lower end to $42K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2K from bonuses and upwards of $20K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Work is enjoyable for Dental Office Receptionists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to about one in three, and just over two-fifths earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,527 - $43,709
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$44K
MEDIAN: $30,762
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$9.95 - $20.13
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$19,527 - $43,709  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,794  
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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$20,712 - $42,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 118
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Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $20.13  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,794  
   
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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$20,712 - $42,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,298
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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


Dental Office Receptionists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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. The majority of those who know Customer Service also 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.


Dental Office Receptionists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $27K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $32K. Dental Office Receptionists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $36K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $38K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Dental Office Receptionists, 31 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 Charlotte (+2 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Houston, 18 percent below the national average. Workers in San Diego and Lancaster earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 13 percent less, 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
$31,000


Skills That Affect Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries




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Customer Service
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National Average
$31,000

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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: 43%
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