Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office Salary (United States)

Front Desk Receptionist for Dental Offices in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $14.23 per hour for pay. Pay ranges from $9.89 per hour on the low end to $19.99 on the higher side. Overall cash allowance—including $1,784 bonuses and $19,392 profit sharing proceeds—ranges between $19,525 and $43,696. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Most people in this field enjoy health coverage; around one third receive medical and dental insurance and less than 10 get vision insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,525 - $43,696
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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  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 127
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$9.89 - $19.99  
   
Overtime
$1.25 - $28.84  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
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$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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As Front Desk Receptionist for Dental Offices transition into upper-level roles, they may see a strong upturn in salary. For instance, a Dental Hygienist may earn an extra $33K per year than his or her lower-level colleagues. A Front Desk Receptionist for Dental Office may also move into a role as an Dental Office Manager or a Dental Receptionist.

Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office

Front Desk Receptionist for Dental Offices generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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 pay less than market rate 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.
Front Desk Receptionist for Dental Offices with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. New salaries start at $26K and reach $33K in five to 10 years. Salary comes to $35K after 10 to 20 years. 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 20 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within this radius.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Front Desk Receptionist for Dental Offices, busy Tulsa offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. Front Desk Receptionist for Dental Offices will also find cushy salaries in New York (+3 percent) and San Diego (+3 percent). Lancaster ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Chattanooga (-9 percent) and Houston (-7 percent).

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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$30,000
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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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