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Receptionist, Dental Office Salary

Dental Office Receptionists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $13.50 per hour for pay. Over a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a little less than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Dental Office Receptionists is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$14,093 - $42,906
(Median)
$14K
$31K
$43K
MEDIAN: $30,967
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$9.75 - $19.17
(Median)
$9
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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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 (?
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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$20,280 - $40,956  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.75 - $19.17  
   
Overtime
$5.42 - $30.32  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $970  
   
Profit Sharing
$850 - $3,200  
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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$20,280 - $40,956  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 188
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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 who advance into the role of a Dental Hygienist are fairly uncommon. Dental Hygienists on average earn $64K per year. Office Managers of Dental Offices or Administrative Assistants are common next-step roles for Dental Office Receptionists moving up in their careers; annual pay for Office Managers of Dental Offices is $12K higher on average, and it's $2K higher for Administrative Assistants.

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Survey takers who work as Dental Office Receptionists typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, facility with Insurance and Collections are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent and 21 percent, respectively.

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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $25K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $32K. Dental Office Receptionists see a median salary of $34K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $36K.

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Experience Affects Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries

Insurance
up arrow 26%

Collections
up arrow 21%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Scheduling
0%

National Average
$28,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 35% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 45%