Dental Assistant, Surgical Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Surgical Dental Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $16.81 per hour. Most Surgical Dental Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Around half enjoy medical while just under a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around one in seven. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,127 - $47,667

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$12.42 - $22.43

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,127 - $47,667  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,505  
Profit Sharing
$275.00 - $3,250  
Total Pay (?
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$26,149 - $47,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.42 - $22.43  
   
Overtime
$12.69 - $32.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,505  
   
Profit Sharing
$275.00 - $3,250  
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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$26,149 - $47,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 321
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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.

Common Career Paths for Dental Assistant, Surgical


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Many Surgical Dental Assistants move into an Oral Surgery Assistant role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Oral Surgery Assistants on average bring in a similar salary to Surgical Dental Assistants.

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Surgical Dental Assistants usually report a few specific skills. Oral Surgery and Periodontics are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Periodontics.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistant, Surgical

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $31K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $37K. Surgical Dental Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $41K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Dental Assistant, Surgical Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant, Surgical Salaries

Oral Surgery
up arrow 2%

National Average
$35,000

Periodontics
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 30%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 44%
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