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Dental Assistant, Surgical Salary (United States)

Surgical Dental Assistants in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $16.56 per hour for pay. Medical benefits are awarded to one-half, and just under a third earn dental coverage. Most Surgical Dental Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Dental Assistant, Surgical Salary (?
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$20,103 - $44,643
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MEDIAN: $27,586
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Dental Assistant, Surgical Salary (?
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$12.39 - $22.42
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,103 - $44,643  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,578  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $2,000  
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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$25,025 - $47,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.39 - $22.42  
   
Overtime
$14.71 - $32.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,578  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $2,000  
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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$25,025 - $47,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 346
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Job Description for Dental Assistant, Surgical

  • 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 may not experience a change in pay as they move on to an upper-level role like Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Assistant. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Assistants usually make $34K.

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Survey takers who work as Surgical Dental Assistants typically report just a few professional skills. Periodontics and Oral Surgery are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 13 percent and 4 percent respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistant, Surgical

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $31K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $40K 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 $39K by contrast. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, more than half land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining one in eight.

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Experience Affects Dental Assistant, Surgical Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 14%
Late-Career
up arrow 11%
Mid-Career
up arrow 6%
National Average
$35,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant, Surgical Salaries

Periodontics
up arrow 13%
Oral Surgery
up arrow 4%
National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
97%
female alumni
 
Male
3%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 42%