Certified/Registered Dental Assistant (CDA/RDA) Salary

The average pay for a Certified/Registered Dental Assistant (CDA/RDA) is $17.80 per hour.

$23,089 - $49,870
(Median)
$23K
$32K
$50K
MEDIAN: $31,988
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$12.38 - $24.49
(Median)
$12
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$23,089 - $49,870  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,222  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Commission
$585  
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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$25,240 - $52,344  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 46
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.38 - $24.49  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $38.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,222  
   
Commission
$585  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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).
)
$25,240 - $52,344  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 455
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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.

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




National Average
$37,000


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


Oral Surgery
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National Average
$37,000

Pediatrics
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Radiology
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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