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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. Cash earnings for Dental Office Receptionists — including $2K in bonuses and $20K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $21K to $42K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Close to one-third enjoy medical while more than two-fifths get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around a tenth. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Dental Office Receptionists. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$19,667 - $42,918
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$20K
$31K
$43K
MEDIAN: $30,835
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$9.94 - $20.11
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$19,667 - $42,918  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,831  
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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$20,705 - $42,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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Hourly Rate
$9.94 - $20.11  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.70  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,831  
   
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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$20,705 - $42,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,326

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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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For Dental Office Receptionists, progressing to a Dental Hygienist role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Dental Hygienist can earn $64K annually. 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 imply that Dental Office Receptionists put a diverse skill set to use. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Spanish Language. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $27K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $32K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Dental Office Receptionists make a median salary of $35K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $37K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 32 percent, Dental Office Receptionists in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Dental Office Receptionists will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+8 percent), San Diego (+6 percent), Tulsa (+5 percent), and New York (+5 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Houston, 17 percent below the national average. Workers in Lancaster and Chattanooga earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 10 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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National Average
$31,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 158 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

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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