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 $16.38 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to roughly two in five, and a little less than half earn dental coverage. Most Certified Dental Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$25,549 - $53,564
(Median)
$26K
$34K
$54K
MEDIAN: $34,385
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$11.91 - $21.41
(Median)
$12
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,549 - $53,564  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,524  
Profit Sharing
$983  
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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$25,003 - $45,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 41
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.91 - $21.41  
   
Overtime
$0.27 - $31.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,524  
   
Profit Sharing
$983  
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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$25,003 - $45,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 295
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Registered Dental Hygienist, where median compensation is $67K annually. A Certified Dental Assistant may also move into a role as an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant or a Registered Dental Assistant.

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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, Orthodontics, Oral Surgery, and Radiology are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people 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.


Certified Dental Assistants with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $30K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $35K. Certified Dental Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $38K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $40K on average.

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Experience Affects Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Salaries

Pediatrics
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Oral Surgery
up arrow 2%

Orthodontics
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Radiology
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National Average
$34,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 12%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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