Receptionist, Dental Office Salary

The larger portion of Dental Office Receptionists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $14.07 per hour. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly two in five enjoy medical while just under one-half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly a seventh. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$14,093 - $50,815

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$9.95 - $19.83

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$14,093 - $50,815  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,468  
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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$20,572 - $42,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $19.83  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $32.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,468  
   
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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$20,572 - $42,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 176
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Job Description for Receptionist, Dental Office

A dental office receptionist works at the front desk of a dental office and greets customers as they enter the facility. Strong people skills and friendliness are essential, as he/she is the first person the customer sees upon entering. The receptionist will schedule patient appointments, check-in patients for their appointments, and provide waiting times, if necessary.

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Receptionist, Dental Office Tasks

  • Schedule and confirm patient appointments, check-ups and physician referrals.
  • Answer telephones and direct calls to appropriate staff.
  • Receive insurance co-pay payments and post amounts paid to patient accounts.
  • Greet visitors, ascertain purpose of visit, and direct them to appropriate staff.
  • Interview patients to complete insurance and privacy forms.

Common Career Paths for Receptionist, Dental Office


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Though not the most common occurrence, Dental Office Receptionists sometimes become Dental Hygienists, where the average income is $64K per year. When Dental Office Receptionists are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Office Managers of Dental Offices or Administrative Assistants. Those roles pay an additional $11K and $2K, respectively.

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Dental Office Receptionists who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Insurance, Collections, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 17 percent, and 5 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Receptionist, Dental Office

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Dental Office Receptionists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $26K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $34K. For Dental Office Receptionists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $35K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $37K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$29,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries

Insurance
up arrow 22%

Collections
up arrow 17%


National Average
$29,000

Scheduling
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 40% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 41%
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