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Certified/Registered Dental Assistant (CDA/RDA) Salary

The average pay for a Certified/Registered Dental Assistant (CDA/RDA) is $17.27 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases steeply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.

$19,851 - $49,161
(Median)
$20K
$32K
$49K
MEDIAN: $31,738
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90%

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$12.00 - $23.02
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary 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$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,851 - $49,161  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,505  
Profit Sharing
$101.74 - $3,888  
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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$24,560 - $49,350  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.00 - $23.02  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $35.48  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,505  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.74 - $3,888  
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).
)
$24,560 - $49,350  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 482

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Job Description for Certified/Registered Dental Assistant (CDA/RDA)

A certified/registered dental assistant (CDA/RDA) performs a wide variety of duties in a dental office. They help the dentist while they provide care to patients, as well as perform preparatory services such as preparing trays and mixing any needed materials. In addition, CDAS/RDAS are in charge of cleaning the area and disposing of used items after patient care is completed. Other tasks performed by the CDA/RDA include helping keep their office clean and hygienic, tracking the availability of supplies, and reordering supplies when they are running low. When X-rays are necessary, the CDA/RDA takes and processes them. CDAs/RDAs are also expected to obtain patient history records and update these records as needed, as well as help maintain machines and perform troubleshooting when problems with machines occur. In smaller practices, the CDA/RDA is often in charge of arranging patient appointments and performing billing as well.

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Certified/Registered Dental Assistant (CDA/RDA) Tasks

  • Take and develop patient x-rays, including digital (if certified).
  • Sterilize instruments and equipment.
  • Teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene.
  • Assist dentist during dental treatment procedures.
  • Maintain office records and supplies and schedule appointments.

Common Career Paths for Certified/Registered Dental Assistant (CDA/RDA)


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Pay by Experience Level for Certified/Registered Dental Assistant (CDA/RDA)

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Experience Affects Certified/Registered Dental Assistant (CDA/RDA) Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Certified/Registered Dental Assistant (CDA/RDA) Salaries


Orthodontics
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Pediatrics
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National Average
$36,000

Radiology
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 35% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 44%
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