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 $16.65 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to close to one-half, and just under a third earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,260 - $47,344
(Median)
$19K
$30K
$47K
MEDIAN: $30,241
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90%

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$12.37 - $22.47
(Median)
$12
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,260 - $47,344  
   
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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$25,976 - $47,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.37 - $22.47  
   
Overtime
$12.72 - $32.09  
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).
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$25,976 - $47,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 323
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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.

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Surgical Dental Assistants who go on to become Oral Surgery Assistants may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, an Oral Surgery Assistant, an upper-level role, pays $35K.

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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. Skills that pay less than market rate include 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 $36K. 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 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant, Surgical Salaries

Oral Surgery
up arrow 2%

National Average
$35,000

Periodontics
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 43%
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