Women comprise the majority of Surgical Dental Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $17.71 per hour on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Surgical Dental Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to just over two-fifths, and between a fifth and a fourth earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,243 - $48,656
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$49K
MEDIAN: $32,970
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$13.10 - $23.00
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MEDIAN: $17.71
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,243 - $48,656  
   
Bonus
$387.83 - $2,980  
Profit Sharing
$1,100  
Total Pay (?
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$27,362 - $48,036  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.10 - $23.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$14.74 - $34.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$387.83 - $2,980  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,100  
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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$27,362 - $48,036  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 203

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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.

Common Career Paths for Dental Assistant, Surgical


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Surgical Dental Assistants may progress into high-paying roles like Dental Hygienist, where median compensation is $64K annually. Surgical Dental Assistants most frequently become Oral Surgery Assistants and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Assistants even though median compensation is $1K lower and $2K lower, 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.


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 $37K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Surgical Dental Assistants make a median salary of $42K. Surgical Dental Assistants who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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Q: What is it like working as a Dental Assistant, Surgical?

Dental Assistant, Surgical in Longmont:
"Stressful, fast paced, being proactive, planning ahead,"
Pros: Being intense. Controlled chaos. Fact paced. Planned and scheduled well.
Cons: The pay.

Dental Assistant, Surgical in Fairborn:
"Real life differs from school requirements."
The best teaching comes from a great dentist, who values your worth.

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Key Stats for Dental Assistant, Surgical

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
031
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Dental Assistant, Surgical Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant, Surgical Salaries

Periodontics
up arrow 13%

National Average
$37,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 44%
dental benefits
Dental: 23%
vision benefits
Vision: 16%
dental benefits
None: 52%
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