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Dental Assistant, Surgical Salary

The larger portion of Surgical Dental Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $16.53 per hour. Work is enjoyable for Surgical Dental Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Approximately half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly less than a third collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$20,278 - $43,669
(Median)
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37K
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MEDIAN: $28,678
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$12.52 - $22.35
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,278 - $43,669  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,518  
Profit Sharing
$275.00 - $2,750  
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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$25,496 - $47,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.52 - $22.35  
   
Overtime
$14.49 - $32.69  
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 - $1,518  
   
Profit Sharing
$275.00 - $2,750  
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).
)
$25,496 - $47,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 329
United States (change)

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 who transition into an upper level Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Assistant position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Assistant makes $34K a year.

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Survey takers who work as Surgical Dental Assistants report a focused set of job skills. Oral Surgery and Periodontics are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Periodontics.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistant, Surgical

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $31K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $37K. Surgical Dental Assistants see a median salary of $40K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $39K on average.

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Experience Affects Dental Assistant, Surgical Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

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 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 41%