Women account for the majority of Dental Office Receptionists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $14.85 per hour. Job satisfaction for Dental Office Receptionists is high. More than a third get medical and dental insurance, and less than one in ten get vision plans, too. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,289 - $49,867
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MEDIAN: $25,041
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$10.32 - $19.72
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,289 - $49,867  
   
Bonus
$484.79 - $2,078  
Total Pay (?
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$21,251 - $42,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.32 - $19.72  
   
Overtime
$17.04 - $37.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$484.79 - $2,078  
   
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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$21,251 - $42,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 145

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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

  • Greet visitors, ascertain purpose of visit, and direct them to appropriate staff.
  • Interview patients to complete insurance and privacy forms.
  • Receive insurance co-pay payments and post amounts paid to patient accounts.
  • Schedule and confirm patient appointments, check-ups and physician referrals.
  • Answer telephones and direct calls to appropriate staff.

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. More commonly, Dental Office Receptionists become Office Managers of Dental Offices or Administrative Assistants.

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Popular Skills for Receptionist, Dental Office


Survey takers who work as Dental Office Receptionists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, facility with Billing, Collections, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent, 12 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. It is often found that people who know Customer Service are also skilled in Billing.

Pay by Experience Level for Receptionist, Dental Office

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


Dental Office Receptionists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $29K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $33K. On average, Dental Office Receptionists make $34K following one to two decades on the job. Dental Office Receptionists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $36K.

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Key Stats for Receptionist, Dental Office

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries

Billing
up arrow 35%

Collections
up arrow 12%

Scheduling
up arrow 4%

Insurance
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

National Average
$31,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 9%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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