Women account for the majority of Dental Office Receptionists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $15.06 per hour. Earnings sit near $10.57 per hour on the lower side but can approach $20.43 on the higher side. While career length and the specific company impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. About one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about two-fifths collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Dental Office Receptionists is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,633 - $50,000
(Median)
$20K
$32K
$50K
MEDIAN: $31,630
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$10.57 - $20.43
(Median)
$11
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,633 - $50,000  
   
Bonus
$197.55 - $3,048  
Profit Sharing
$2,400  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$21,987 - $43,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.57 - $20.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$13.86 - $31.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$197.55 - $3,048  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$2,400  
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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$21,987 - $43,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 802
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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.

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Dental Office Receptionists' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Dental Hygienist. The average Dental Hygienist brings home $64K per year. It is not uncommon for a Dental Office Receptionist to continue 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 participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Accounts Receivable, bill collections, Collections, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Spanish Language. Most people experienced in 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $28K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $34K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Dental Office Receptionists make a median salary of $36K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Dental Office Receptionists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $39K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,562

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Home to some of the best pay for Dental Office Receptionists, Columbus offers exceptional salaries, 12 percent above the national average. Dental Office Receptionists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+4 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Dental Office Receptionist's salary, with Los Angeles Dental Office Receptionists earning salaries that are 22 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Miami and San Diego (22 percent lower and 20 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
$32,000


Skills That Affect Front Desk Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries





Billing
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Customer Service
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Phone Support
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National Average
$32,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 34%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
medical benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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