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 $15.88 per hour on average. For the most part, Certified Dental Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. More than two-fifths enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and nearly one in seven get vision benefits. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$26,311 - $49,807

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$11.64 - $21.07

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$26,311 - $49,807  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,513  
Profit Sharing
$650 - $4,000  
Total Pay (?
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$24,558 - $44,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 50
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$11.64 - $21.07  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,513  
   
Profit Sharing
$650 - $4,000  
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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$24,558 - $44,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 345
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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

  • 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 Dental Assistant (CDA)


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Certified Dental Assistants' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Registered Dental Hygienist. The average Registered Dental Hygienist brings home $67K per year. Becoming an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant or a Registered Dental Assistant is often the next step for a Certified Dental Assistant.

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Popular Skills for Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Certified Dental Assistants who took the survey. Those who have experience with Orthodontics, Oral Surgery, and Radiology can expect to be compensated well for these skills. The majority of those who know Oral Surgery also know Orthodontics.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $30K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $34K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certified Dental Assistants make a median salary of $38K. Certified Dental Assistants who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $40K.

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Experience Affects Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Salaries

Orthodontics
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Oral Surgery
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Radiology
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National Average
$34,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 37%
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