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 $14.25 per hour. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Dental Office Receptionists. Close to two-fifths enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and approximately one-eighth get vision benefits. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,848 - $50,396
(Median)
$20K
$33K
$50K
MEDIAN: $33,129
10%
50%
90%

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$10.07 - $20.13
(Median)
$10
$14
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,848 - $50,396  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,738  
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
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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$20,935 - $43,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $20.13  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $37.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,738  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
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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$20,935 - $43,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 183
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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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It's not very common for Dental Office Receptionists to move on to become Dental Hygienists. Average pay for a Dental Hygienist is $64K annually. Dental Office Receptionists typically move into roles as Office Managers of Dental Offices or Administrative Assistants, and those positions pay $11K more and $1K more, respectively.

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Typical Dental Office Receptionists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Insurance, Collections, Customer Service, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 19 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Scheduling.

Pay by Experience Level for Receptionist, Dental Office

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


For many Dental Office Receptionists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $27K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $33K. On average, Dental Office Receptionists make $35K following one to two decades on the job. Dental Office Receptionists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $36K.

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Experience Affects Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries

Insurance
up arrow 19%

Collections
up arrow 15%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

National Average
$30,000

Scheduling
up arrow 4%

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
11%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 40%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
medical benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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