Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF) Salary (United States)

Women make up the vast majority of Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $18.86 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. 45 percent report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF) Salary (?
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$22,213 - $61,567
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MEDIAN: $35,777
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Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF) Salary (?
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$13.09 - $28.91
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$22,213 - $61,567  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,448  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $4,932  
Total Pay (?
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$27,170 - $61,601  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 67
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.09 - $28.91  
   
Overtime
$5.30 - $45.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,448  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $4,932  
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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$27,170 - $61,601  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 632
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Job Description for Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF)

Dental assistants help provide patient care in a dental setting. Registered expanded function dental assistants (RDAEFs) are dental assistants who are authorized to perform duties beyond a dental assistant's traditional duties. Duties of RDAEFs vary depending upon the state and the specific dental office in which an assistant works. RDAEFs might take X-rays, perform orthodontic functions, apply topical agents, polish teeth, and/or administer nitrous oxide.
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Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF) Tasks
  • Take impressions and bite registrations.
  • Clean and polish coronal surfaces of teeth to remove stains, apply fluoride treatment.
  • Place and remove matrix retainers for alloy and composite restorations.
  • Assist dentist during dental treatment procedures.
  • Fit preliminary crowns for adjustments, place temporary restorative material in teeth.

Common Career Paths for Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF)

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As Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants transition into upper-level roles, they may see a strong upturn in salary. For instance, a Dental Hygienist may earn an extra $24K per year than his or her lower-level colleagues.

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Popular Skills for Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF)

Survey results imply that Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Orthodontics, Composite Fillings, Oral Surgery, and Radiology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 12 percent, 10 percent, 8 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those educated in Oral Surgery tend to be well-versed in Pediatrics and Orthodontics.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $33K; however, pay rises to approximately $39K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $42K. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $46K. Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with more than 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is those with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

San Diego
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Irvine
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$40,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants, San Diego offers exceptional salaries, 45 percent above the national average. Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Irvine (+26 percent) and Los Angeles (+15 percent). With compensation 7 percent below the national average, Nashville is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Memphis and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-6 percent and -3 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF) Salaries

National Average
$40,000

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF) Salaries

Radiology
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Pediatrics
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$40,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
95%
female alumni
 
Male
5%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 45% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 29%
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