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Dental Assistant, Surgical Salary

Women comprise the majority of Surgical Dental Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $16.46 per hour on average. Approximately one-half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under a third collect dental insurance. Most Surgical Dental Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,576 - $46,121
(Median)
$20K
$28K
$46K
MEDIAN: $28,060
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$12.39 - $22.48
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,576 - $46,121  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,474  
Profit Sharing
$275.00 - $3,250  
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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$25,390 - $47,580  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.39 - $22.48  
   
Overtime
$13.09 - $31.96  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,474  
   
Profit Sharing
$275.00 - $3,250  
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).
)
$25,390 - $47,580  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 332

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Job Description for Dental Assistant, Surgical

  • Take and develop patient x-rays, including digital.
  • Sterilize instruments and equipment.
  • Assist dentist during dental treatment procedures.
  • Document treatment by charting in patient records.
  • Maintain patient's vital statistics and intravenous fluids during surgery.

Common Career Paths for Dental Assistant, Surgical


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Surgical Dental Assistants' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Oral Surgery Assistant. Median pay for Oral Surgery Assistants is $35K.

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Surgical Dental Assistants only report a few specific skills. Oral Surgery and Periodontics are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Periodontics.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistant, Surgical

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $31K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $36K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

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Experience Affects Dental Assistant, Surgical Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant, Surgical Salaries

Oral Surgery
up arrow 4%

National Average
$34,000

Periodontics
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 30%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 43%