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.