Dental Assistant, Surgical Salary (United States)

Women make up the vast majority of Surgical Dental Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $16.56 per hour. Compensation starts at $12.39 per hour and can reach $22.42. Medical benefits are awarded to more than half, and around one third earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Surgical Dental Assistants is high. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Dental Assistant, Surgical Salary (?
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$20,103 - $44,643
(Median)
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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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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 do not enjoy an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. More often than not, top-notch roles like Oral Surgery Assistant will not offer more money than lower-level jobs in the same field.

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Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistant, Surgical

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $31K; however, pay rises to approximately $37K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $39,523. Following a couple decades of work, Surgical Dental Assistants watch their salaries dip to an average of $39K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. 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.

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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%
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