Dental Assistant, Surgical Salary

Women account for the majority of Surgical Dental Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $17.03 per hour. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Surgical Dental Assistants. Just over two-fifths report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about a fourth collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$19,000 - $44,902
(Median)
$19K
$30K
$45K
MEDIAN: $30,097
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$12.44 - $22.50
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,000 - $44,902  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,537  
Profit Sharing
$509  
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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$25,958 - $47,549  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.44 - $22.50  
   
Overtime
$14.00 - $33.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,537  
   
Profit Sharing
$509  
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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$25,958 - $47,549  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 299
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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.

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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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $30K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $40K by contrast.

Dental Assistant, Surgical Reviews

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.

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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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Experience Affects Dental Assistant, Surgical Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant, Surgical Salaries

Oral Surgery
up arrow 1%

National Average
$36,000

Periodontics
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 27%
medical benefits
Vision: 14%
dental benefits
None: 48%
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