Receptionist, Dental Office Salary (United States)

Women account for the majority of Dental Office Receptionists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $13.19 per hour. The range in pay spans from $9.74 per hour to $19.17. Medical benefits are awarded to around one third, and about half earn dental coverage. The majority of Dental Office Receptionists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Receptionist, Dental Office Salary (?
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$14,093 - $42,906
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MEDIAN: $30,400
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Receptionist, Dental Office Salary (?
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$9.74 - $19.17
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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 (?
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$20,239 - $40,873  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.74 - $19.17  
   
Overtime
$5.50 - $30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
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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$20,239 - $40,873  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 198
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Job Description for Receptionist, Dental Office

  • 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 transition into Dental Hygienists are seldom found, but they do earn an extra $35K per year. When Dental Office Receptionists are ready for the next step in their career, they often become Dental Office Managers or Front Desk Receptionist for Dental Offices, where they can expect an additional $12,886 or $2,620 per year.

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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 higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. Beginning workers can expect to earn $25K starting out, which grows to $30K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $34K. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Dental Office Receptionists encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $36K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 13 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

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Experience Affects Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%
Experienced
up arrow 21%
Mid-Career
up arrow 7%
National Average
$28,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Receptionist, Dental Office Salaries

Insurance
up arrow 28%
Collections
up arrow 23%
Customer Service
up arrow 3%
Scheduling
up arrow 1%
National Average
$28,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
97%
female alumni
 
Male
3%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 35% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 45%
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