Dental Assistant Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Dental Assistant is $14.86 per hour.
Dental Assistant Total Pay (?
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$19,750 - $42,323
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MEDIAN: $30,085
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Dental Assistant Total Pay (?
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$10.22 - $20.28
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$19,750 - $42,323  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,245  
Profit Sharing
$200.67 - $3,959  
Commission
$102.79 - $305.21  
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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$21,343 - $42,856  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 7,877
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.22 - $20.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.67  
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,245  
   
Commission
$102.79 - $305.21  
Profit Sharing
$200.67 - $3,959  
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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$21,343 - $42,856  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 7,877
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Job Description for Dental Assistant
A dental assistant's duties include hands-on work with dental patients, assisting the dentist, and/or performing clerical functions in a dental clinic. Depending on an individual’s certification and goals, any of these are possible job tasks. If an individual would like hands-on work in the dentist’s office, their duties may include prepping the patient for a particular operation; this particular duty would involve knowledge of the teeth and most dental procedures. The dental assistant would then assist the dentist in performing the operation, and do such things as handing the dentist the required tools and providing secondary support. This kind of job usually entails working one-on-one with the dentist, and requires good communication skills.
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Dental Assistant Tasks
  • Take and develop patient x-rays, including digital (if certified).
  • Sterilize instruments and equipment.
  • Teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene.
  • Assist dentist during dental treatment procedures.
  • Maintain office records and supplies and schedule appointments.
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Dental Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as a Dental Assistant?
Dental Assistant in Wickliffe:
Pros: Staff that I work with and what my position consists of on a daily basis.
Cons: Only suppose to work 8 am to 5pm but always work till like 6 30 not having some kind of stability in our schedule no flexibility.
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Experience Affects Dental Assistant Salaries

National Average
$31,000

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant Salaries

endodontics
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Patient Education
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Office Administration
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Orthodontics
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Radiology
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Instrument Control
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$31,000
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Spanish Language
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Bilingual
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sterilization
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Gender
Female
96%
female alumni
 
Male
4%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 36% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 40%
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