An average Experienced Dental Assistant can expect to take home roughly $17.95 per hour. Final cash compensation to Experienced Dental Assistants varies from around $29K to approximately $49K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $3K and $4K, respectively. Residence and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. In this profession, more than a third enjoy medical and dental coverage, and around an eighth have vision insurance, as well. Most Experienced Dental Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$23,654 - $46,670
(Median)
$24K
$34K
$47K
MEDIAN: $34,341
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$14.15 - $23.26
(Median)
$14
$18
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,654 - $46,670  
   
Bonus
$293.34 - $3,070  
Profit Sharing
$497.49 - $4,041  
Commission
$1,750  
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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$29,060 - $48,792  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 246
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.15 - $23.26  
   
Overtime
$16.59 - $35.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$293.34 - $3,070  
   
Commission
$1,750  
Profit Sharing
$497.49 - $4,041  
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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$29,060 - $48,792  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,414
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Family Dental, Dental Group Ltd, Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Corporation, and DDS Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Experienced Dental Assistants. DDS Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $41K.

Offering a median salary of only $31K, Aspen Dental gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $25K to $52K isn't that wide, either.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,287

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For those looking to make money, Experienced Dental Assistants in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Experienced Dental Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Charlotte (+16 percent), New York (+10 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), and Colorado Springs (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Tucson. Pittsburgh and Tulsa are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

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Skills That Affect Dental Assistant Salaries

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 27%

endodontics
up arrow 5%

Periodontics
up arrow 3%

Office Administration
up arrow 2%

Order Inventory
up arrow 1%

Patient Education
0%

Customer Service
0%

Oral Surgery
0%

Orthodontics
0%

National Average
$37,000

Radiology
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Instrument Control
up arrow 1%

Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

Spanish Language
up arrow 3%

Bilingual
up arrow 5%

Dental assistant
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 349 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 36%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
medical benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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