Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Salary

The larger portion of Certified Dental Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $17.62 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to about two-fifths, and a little less than one-half earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Certified Dental Assistants is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,000 - $36,000
$32K
MEDIAN: $32,189
50%

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$12.39 - $24.31
$12
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.62
10%
50%
90%

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$0$50K
Salary $32,189
Bonus $150.00 - $8,000
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$25,652 - $50,473
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 7
Hourly Data $0$26
Hourly Rate $12.39 - $24.31
Overtime $20.61
Annual Data $0$50K
Bonus $150.00 - $8,000
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).
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$25,652 - $50,473
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 188

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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)


Survey takers who work as Certified Dental Assistants typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Pediatrics, Oral Surgery, Orthodontics, and Radiology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Radiology and Orthodontics. Most people 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 33 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Salaries

▲19%

▲10%

▲1%

National Average
$37,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Salaries

Pediatrics
▲9%

▲6%

National Average
$37,000

▼4%

▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 12%
no benefits
None: 38%
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