Receptionist, Dental Office Salary

Women account for the majority of Dental Office Receptionists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $14.00 per hour. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to about two-fifths, and just under one-half earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$13,962 - $50,437
(Median)
$14K
$31K
$50K
MEDIAN: $30,516
10%
50%
90%

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$9.93 - $19.92
(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
$13,962 - $50,437  
   
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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$20,527 - $42,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.93 - $19.92  
   
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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$20,527 - $42,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 172
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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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Dental Office Receptionists sometimes assume positions such as Dental Hygienists. That role pays $64K per year on average. Dental Office Receptionists most often move into positions as Office Managers of Dental Offices or Administrative Assistants; those groups report median salaries that are $12K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Dental Office Receptionists only report a few specific 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 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $26K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $34K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $36K in this role. Dental Office Receptionists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$29,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries

Insurance
up arrow 23%

Collections
up arrow 17%


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
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 40% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 42%
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