Experienced Dental Assistant Salary

Median pay for Experienced Dental Assistants lies in the neighborhood of $17.64 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $2K and $4K, respectively — total cash payment to Experienced Dental Assistants can bottom out near $29K or peak near $48K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Over a third enjoy medical while just over two-fifths get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one in ten. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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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Those at Dental Group Ltd can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $42K.

Although Aspen Dental hands out the lowest average salary in town at $31K, employee compensation still varies greatly; workers can make as little as $25K or as much as $52K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,770

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

For Experienced Dental Assistants, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Experienced Dental Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+10 percent), New York (+10 percent), Charlotte (+9 percent), and Phoenix (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 10 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Cleveland. Below-median salaries also turn up in Tulsa and San Antonio (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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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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