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 $14.01 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to about two in five, and slightly less than half earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$12,662 - $50,897
(Median)
$13K
$32K
$51K
MEDIAN: $32,000
10%
50%
90%

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$9.94 - $19.82
(Median)
$9
$14
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$12,662 - $50,897  
   
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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$20,610 - $42,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.94 - $19.82  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $31.93  
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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$20,610 - $42,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 170
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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 it's uncommon, some Dental Office Receptionists move into roles as Dental Hygienists, where pay is an average $64K per year. Dental Office Receptionists typically move into roles as Office Managers of Dental Offices or Administrative Assistants, and those positions pay $12K more and $2K more, respectively.

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Survey results show that Dental Office Receptionists typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, facility with Insurance, Collections, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 17 percent, and 4 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $26K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $34K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Dental Office Receptionists make a median salary of $36K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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Experience Affects Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$29,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries

Insurance
up arrow 23%

Collections
up arrow 17%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

National Average
$29,000

Scheduling
up arrow 2%

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
16%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 39% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 43%
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