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Receptionist, Dental Office Salary (United States)

Most Dental Office Receptionists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $13.19 per hour;. More than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly less than half collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Dental Office Receptionists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,093 - $42,906
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MEDIAN: $30,400
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Receptionist, Dental Office Salary (?
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$9.74 - $19.17
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$14,093 - $42,906  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $970  
Profit Sharing
$850 - $3,200  
Total Pay (?
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$20,239 - $40,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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Hourly Rate
$9.74 - $19.17  
   
Overtime
$5.50 - $30.00  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $970  
   
Profit Sharing
$850 - $3,200  
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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$20,239 - $40,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 198
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Job Description for Receptionist, Dental Office

  • 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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Dental Office Receptionists sometimes assume positions such as Dental Hygienists. That role typically pays $63K per year. Dental Office Receptionists typically move into roles as Office Managers of Dental Offices or Administrative Assistants, and those positions pay $13K more and $3K more, respectively.

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Dental Office Receptionists note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, facility with Insurance and Collections are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent and 23 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Receptionist, Dental Office

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Dental Office Receptionists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $25K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $30K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $34K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $36K on average. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — more than half of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up roughly a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise around one in eight, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in ten.

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Experience Affects Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%
Experienced
up arrow 21%
Mid-Career
up arrow 7%
National Average
$28,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries

Insurance
up arrow 28%
Collections
up arrow 23%
Customer Service
up arrow 3%
Scheduling
up arrow 1%
National Average
$28,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
97%
female alumni
 
Male
3%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 35% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 45%