Most Certified Dental Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $17.23 per hour. Over a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about one-half collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Certified Dental Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$30,930 - $51,289
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MEDIAN: $35,988
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$12.17 - $23.51
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,930 - $51,289  
   
Bonus
$99.33 - $4,027  
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$25,717 - $49,344  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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Hourly Rate
$12.17 - $23.51  
   
Overtime
$23.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$99.33 - $4,027  
   
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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$25,717 - $49,344  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 195
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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 who go on to become Registered Dental Hygienists may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Registered Dental Hygienists is $67K annually. It is not uncommon for a Certified Dental Assistant to continue on to become an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant or a Registered Dental Assistant.

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Popular Skills for Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)


Certified Dental Assistants only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Pediatrics, Oral Surgery, Orthodontics, and Radiology are correlated to pay that is above average. Those proficient in Oral Surgery are, more often than not, also skilled in Orthodontics.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Certified Dental Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $45K.

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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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Orthodontics
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National Average
$36,000

Radiology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 10%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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