Receptionist, Dental Office Salary (United States)

Dental Office Receptionists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $13.19 per hour for pay. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.74 per hour to $19.17. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by about a third, and 12 percent earn vision coverage. Most Dental Office Receptionists like their work and job satisfaction is high. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Receptionist, Dental Office Salary (?
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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  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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 (?
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$20,239 - $40,873  
PayScale
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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Though it's uncommon, some Dental Office Receptionists move into roles as Dental Hygienists, bringing in an extra $35K per year. A typical promotion for Dental Office Receptionists is becoming Dental Office Managers or Front Desk Receptionist for Dental Offices, where they can expect an extra $12,886 or $2,620 per year.

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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, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Starting out, salaries are typically $25K, which grows to $30K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $34K. Salaries grow more slowly as Dental Office Receptionists approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $36K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 21 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 13 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

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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%
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