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.