Experienced Dental Assistant Salary

Average Experienced Dental Assistants make around $17.64 per hour. Total cash compensation for Experienced Dental Assistants runs from $29K to $48K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $2K and profit sharing that can reach almost $4K. Geography and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Experienced Dental Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to more than a third, and more than two-fifths earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$23,606 - $45,835
(Median)
$24K
$34K
$46K
MEDIAN: $33,848
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$13.90 - $22.68
(Median)
$14
$18
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$23,606 - $45,835  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,027  
Profit Sharing
$488.67 - $3,993  
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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$28,612 - $47,876  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 306
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.90 - $22.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $32.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,027  
   
Profit Sharing
$488.67 - $3,993  
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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$28,612 - $47,876  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,002
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Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Assistant


The biggest paychecks can be found at Dental Group Ltd — the median salary there is $42K.

Aspen Dental offers the smallest salaries in town — $31K on average — but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $25K to $52K) creates a rather varied pay scale.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,770

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Experienced Dental Assistants in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Experienced Dental Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+10 percent), New York (+10 percent), Charlotte (+9 percent), and Phoenix (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Cleveland is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Tulsa (7 percent lower) and San Antonio (6 percent lower).

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Skills That Affect Dental Assistant Salaries

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 29%

endodontics
up arrow 7%

Periodontics
up arrow 6%

Dental assistant
up arrow 3%

Office Administration
up arrow 2%

Order Inventory
up arrow 1%

Oral Surgery
up arrow 1%

Instrument Control
0%

Patient Education
0%

Orthodontics
0%

National Average
$37,000

Radiology
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Pediatrics
up arrow 2%

Spanish Language
up arrow 3%

Bilingual
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 584 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
medical benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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