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. Total cash compensation runs from $22,213 to $61,567, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $2,448 and profit sharing that reaches $4,932. Residency and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority in this profession are lucky enough to receive benefits; 45 percent get medical and dental insurance, and 16 percent get vision plans, too. The majority of Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
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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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 takers who work as Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants typically report just a few professional skills. 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. The majority of those who know Oral Surgery also know 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, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Starting out, salaries fall in the $33K range but grow to $39K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $42K. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants who have made it this far report earning around $46K per year. Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with more than 20 years and 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for 10 to 20 years are hardest to find.

Pay Difference By Location

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Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 45 percent. Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Irvine (+26 percent) and Los Angeles (+15 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in Nashville. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Memphis (-6 percent) and Houston (-3 percent).

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

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$40,000

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

Radiology
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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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