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. Pay starts at $12.39 per hour and can approach $22.42 on the higher side. More than half enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and 15 percent get vision benefits. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Surgical Dental Assistants. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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
(Median)
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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 experience a change in pay as they move up the career ladder. Oftentimes, an upper-level role like Oral Surgery Assistant will not bring in more money than some lower-level roles.

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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.
After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $31K to $37K. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $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 24 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.

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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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