Most Certified Dental Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $17.16 per hour. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. More than a third enjoy medical while nearly one-half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to a tenth. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$27,404 - $51,289
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MEDIAN: $35,271
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$12.14 - $23.84
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MEDIAN: $17.16
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,404 - $51,289  
   
Bonus
$98.63 - $3,041  
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$25,441 - $49,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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Hourly Rate
$12.14 - $23.84  
   
Overtime
$23.72  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$98.63 - $3,041  
   
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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$25,441 - $49,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 190

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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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For Certified Dental Assistants, progressing to a Registered Dental Hygienist role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Registered Dental Hygienist can earn $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)


Certified Dental Assistants who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Oral Surgery, Pediatrics, Orthodontics, and Radiology are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with 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.


For Certified Dental Assistants, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $31K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $37K. For Certified Dental Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $40K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $45K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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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 28 votes.
031
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Salaries


Pediatrics
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National Average
$36,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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