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Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF) Salary (United States)

Women make up the vast majority of Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $18.86 per hour. Total cash compensation for Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants runs from $27K to $62K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $2K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than two-fifths report receiving medical coverage from their employers and over one-half collect dental insurance. The majority of Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF) Salary (?
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$22,213 - $61,567
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MEDIAN: $35,777
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Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF) Salary (?
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$13.09 - $28.91
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$22,213 - $61,567  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,448  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $4,932  
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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$27,170 - $61,601  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 67
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.09 - $28.91  
   
Overtime
$5.30 - $45.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,448  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $4,932  
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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$27,170 - $61,601  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 632
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Job Description for Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF)

Dental assistants help provide patient care in a dental setting. Registered expanded function dental assistants (RDAEFs) are dental assistants who are authorized to perform duties beyond a dental assistant's traditional duties. Duties of RDAEFs vary depending upon the state and the specific dental office in which an assistant works. RDAEFs might take X-rays, perform orthodontic functions, apply topical agents, polish teeth, and/or administer nitrous oxide.
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Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF) Tasks
  • Take impressions and bite registrations.
  • Clean and polish coronal surfaces of teeth to remove stains, apply fluoride treatment.
  • Place and remove matrix retainers for alloy and composite restorations.
  • Assist dentist during dental treatment procedures.
  • Fit preliminary crowns for adjustments, place temporary restorative material in teeth.

Common Career Paths for Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF)

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Compensation may increase greatly for Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants who advance to upper-end positions like Dental Hygienist. Median pay for Dental Hygienists is $63K per year.

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Popular Skills for Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF)

Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Orthodontics, Composite Fillings, Oral Surgery, and Radiology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 12 percent, 10 percent, 8 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. It is often found that people who know Oral Surgery are also skilled in Pediatrics and Orthodontics.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $32K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $39K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $43K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $46K. The majority of Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants have only one to 10 years of practice in the field. Workers with more than 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with 10 to 20 years under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

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Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 45 percent. Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Irvine (+26 percent) and Los Angeles (+15 percent). Falling short of the national average by 7 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Nashville. Workers in Memphis and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF) Salaries

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$40,000

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF) Salaries

Radiology
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$40,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
95%
female alumni
 
Male
5%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 45% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 29%