Dental Assistant, Surgical Salary

Surgical Dental Assistants in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $17.71 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a little less than half, and close to one-fourth earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,080 - $45,338
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$31K
$45K
MEDIAN: $30,913
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$13.30 - $22.96
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MEDIAN: $17.71
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,080 - $45,338  
   
Bonus
$306.39 - $3,020  
Profit Sharing
$800  
Total Pay (?
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$28,085 - $47,920  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.30 - $22.96  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.15 - $34.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$306.39 - $3,020  
   
Profit Sharing
$800  
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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$28,085 - $47,920  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 185
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Job Description for Dental Assistant, Surgical

Surgical dental assistants work alongside primary dentists who specialize in surgical procedures. These assistants help prepare patients for procedures and ensure that the area is organized and ready for the oral surgeon; many are also involved in creating x-rays and administering/monitoring anesthetics. Generally, they work with surgeons during these procedures and handle the documentation of surgical notes for patients' records.

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Dental Assistant, Surgical Tasks

  • Document treatment by charting in patient records.
  • Maintain patient's vital statistics and intravenous fluids during surgery.
  • Prepare for surgical procedures by organizing surgical instruments and equipment in operating room.
  • Take and develop patient x-rays, including digital.
  • Sterilize instruments and equipment.

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Surgical Dental Assistants may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Dental Hygienist. The latter position pays an average of $64K annually. Many Surgical Dental Assistants choose to become Oral Surgery Assistants and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Assistants as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $1K less and $2K less, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistant, Surgical

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


The average beginner in this position makes around $32K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $38K. Surgical Dental Assistants see a median salary of $41K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Surgical Dental Assistants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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Key Stats for Dental Assistant, Surgical

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Dental Assistant, Surgical Salaries

Experienced
▲13%

Late-Career
▲12%

Mid-Career
▲4%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
▼14%

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant, Surgical Salaries

Periodontics
▲13%

Oral Surgery
▼0%

National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 46%
dental benefits
Dental: 24%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 50%
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