Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Salary

Women comprise the majority of Certified Dental Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $17.46 per hour on average. Most Certified Dental Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to more than a third, and around half earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,285 - $49,101
$23K
$33K
$49K
MEDIAN: $33,110
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50%
90%

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$12.11 - $24.32
$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $17.46
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,285 - $49,101  
   
Bonus
$96.96 - $3,091  
Total Pay (?
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$25,352 - $50,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 12
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$12.11 - $24.32  
   
Overtime
$20.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$96.96 - $3,091  
   
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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$25,352 - $50,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 182

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Job Description for Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)

Certified dental assistants increase the efficiency of dentists by preparing the patient for treatment, sterilizing dental instruments, passing instruments to dentists during a procedure, taking and developing radiographs (x-rays), and taking impressions of patients' teeth. Dental assistants have a variety of interpersonal and technical tasks within a dental office and therefore require versatile and adaptive individuals. It is a great professional career for a person who is interested in dental care but does not want to go through more the rigorous training and years of schooling required of dentists or dental hygienists.

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Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)


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At the upper end, Certified Dental Assistants who move into a Registered Dental Hygienist role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Dental Hygienists is a much higher $67K per year. Becoming a Dental Assistant or an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant is a common transition from a Certified Dental Assistant role.

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Popular Skills for Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)


Certified Dental Assistants typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Pediatrics, Oral Surgery, Orthodontics, and Radiology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Radiology. The majority of those who know Oral Surgery also know Orthodontics.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)

Pay by Experience for a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 92 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 55 salaries. An experienced Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 61 salaries. A Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 33 salaries.

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Key Stats for Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Salaries

▲21%

▲11%

▲2%

National Average
$36,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Salaries

Pediatrics
▲10%

▲8%

National Average
$36,000

▼2%

▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 12%
no benefits
None: 37%
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