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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 $16.54 per hour on average. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to half, and just under a third earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,399 - $46,683
(Median)
$19K
$30K
$47K
MEDIAN: $29,587
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90%

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$12.37 - $22.48
(Median)
$12
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,399 - $46,683  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,482  
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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$25,718 - $47,613  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.37 - $22.48  
   
Overtime
$12.91 - $32.33  
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 - $1,482  
   
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).
)
$25,718 - $47,613  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 332

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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

  • 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 Surgery Assistant position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Oral Surgery Assistant makes $35K a year.

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Survey takers who work as Surgical Dental Assistants typically report just a few professional skills. Oral Surgery and Periodontics are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Periodontics.

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 $30K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $37K. Surgical Dental Assistants see a median salary of $41K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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Experience Affects Dental Assistant, Surgical Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant, Surgical Salaries

Oral Surgery
up arrow 3%

National Average
$35,000

Periodontics
up arrow 6%

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
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 49% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 42%
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