Dental Assistant, Surgical Salary

Most Surgical Dental Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $16.76 per hour. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to about one-half, and just under one in three earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,127 - $47,667
(Median)
$19K
$30K
$48K
MEDIAN: $30,375
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$12.42 - $22.48
(Median)
$12
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,127 - $47,667  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,526  
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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$26,158 - $47,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.42 - $22.48  
   
Overtime
$12.72 - $32.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,526  
   
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).
)
$26,158 - $47,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 322
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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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For Surgical Dental Assistants, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Surgical Dental Assistants earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Oral Surgery Assistant.

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Surgical Dental Assistants only report a few specific skills. Oral Surgery and Periodontics are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Periodontics.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistant, Surgical

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $31K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

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Experience Affects Dental Assistant, Surgical Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 18%

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
35%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 43%
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