Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Salary (United States)

Most Certified Dental Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $15.10 per hour;. The range in pay spans from $10.71 per hour to $20.46. Most people in this field enjoy health coverage; about half receive medical and dental insurance and 14 percent get vision insurance. Job satisfaction for Certified Dental Assistants is high. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Salary (?
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.
)
$23,247 - $45,585
(Median)
23K
32K
37K
46K
MEDIAN: $31,790
10%
50%
75%
90%
Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px
Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Salary (?
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.
)
$10.71 - $20.46
(Median)
11
13
15
18
20
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
25%
50%
75%
90%
Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

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.
)
$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$23,247 - $45,585  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,541  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $4,069  
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).
)
$22,661 - $43,387  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate 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.
)
$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.71 - $20.46  
   
Overtime
$5.70 - $28.46  
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.
)
$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,541  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $4,069  
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).
)
$22,661 - $43,387  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 525
Is Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) your job title? Get a personalized salary report!
Location:
United States (change)
Years in Field/Career:

Job Description for Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)

  • 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)

Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px   Copy and paste this HTML:
Compensation may increase greatly for Certified Dental Assistants who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Registered Dental Hygienist may make an additional $35K per year than lower-end positions. Certified Dental Assistants can earn $3,386 or $2,448 more per year when they move into roles as Expanded Functions Dental Assistants or Registered Dental Assistants, a common transition for those in the field.

Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Job Listings

Search for more jobs:
job title / company
location

Popular Skills for Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)

Survey results show that Certified Dental Assistants typically report just a few professional skills. Orthodontics and Radiology are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 7 percent and 4 percent respectively. Most people skilled in Oral Surgery are similarly competent in Orthodontics.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Certified Dental Assistants, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Starting out, salaries are typically $29K, which grows to $33K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $37K after 10 to 20 years. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Certified Dental Assistants earning an average of $38K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 22 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 5 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 15 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%
Experienced
up arrow 16%
Mid-Career
up arrow 3%
National Average
$32,000

Skills That Affect Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Salaries

Orthodontics
up arrow 7%
Radiology
up arrow 4%
Oral Surgery
up arrow 2%
National Average
$32,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
95%
female alumni
 
Male
5%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 47% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 32%
Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid
Job Title:
Years in Field/Career:
Location:
United States (change)
- OR -