Most Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $21.07 per hour. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Just under a half report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a little less than a fifth collect vision insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,040 - $55,578
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$24K
$35K
$56K
MEDIAN: $35,333
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$14.77 - $30.15
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$15
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$24,040 - $55,578  
   
Bonus
$60.00 - $5,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Commission
$3,000  
Total Pay (?
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$30,232 - $63,804  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 51
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.77 - $30.15  
   
Overtime
$18.56 - $47.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$60.00 - $5,000  
   
Commission
$3,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$30,232 - $63,804  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 407
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants sometimes become Dental Hygienists, where the average income is $64K per year. Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants most often advance into Office Manager of a Dental Office and Certified or Registered Dental Assistant positions even though the median salaries are $2K lower and $8K lower, respectively.

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


Survey results suggest that Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Orthodontics, Composite Fillings, Oral Surgery, and Radiology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Pediatrics, Radiology, and Oral Surgery. Most people 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average inexperienced worker earns $34K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $40K. Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $51K.

Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF) Reviews

What is it like working as a Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF)?

Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF) in Seattle:
"The management."
Pros: Working one on one with people who care about your work. Helping children with oral health.
Cons: Working with a small team can be demanding and stressful.

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



National Average
$43,000



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

Orthodontics
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National Average
$43,000

Composite Fillings
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Radiology
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Oral Surgery
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Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 46%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
medical benefits
Vision: 18%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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