Experienced Dental Assistant Salary

Experienced Dental Assistants take home approximately $17.55 per hour on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $2K and $4K, respectively — total cash payment to Experienced Dental Assistants can bottom out near $28K or peak near $47K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly one in three, and just over two-fifths earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$22,526 - $45,647
(Median)
$23K
$34K
$46K
MEDIAN: $33,610
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$13.79 - $22.41
(Median)
$14
$18
$22
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$22,526 - $45,647  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,938  
Profit Sharing
$491.69 - $3,980  
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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$28,346 - $47,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 252
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.79 - $22.41  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $31.78  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,938  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.69 - $3,980  
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).
)
$28,346 - $47,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,427
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Popular Employer Salaries for Experienced Dental Assistant


The biggest paychecks can be found at Dental Group Ltd — the median salary there is $39K.

Offering a median salary of only $31K, Aspen Dental pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $25K to $52K is pretty narrow, too.

Pay Difference by Location


For Experienced Dental Assistants, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Experienced Dental Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+13 percent), Phoenix (+9 percent), Denver (+7 percent), and Chicago (+7 percent). Cleveland is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Workers in St. Louis and Tulsa earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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Skills That Affect Experienced Dental Assistant Salaries

Periodontics
up arrow 6%

Oral Surgery
up arrow 2%

Orthodontics
up arrow 2%

Dental assistant
up arrow 2%

Order Inventory
up arrow 1%

Office Administration
up arrow 1%

Instrument Control
0%

Patient Education
0%

National Average
$37,000

Radiology
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Pediatrics
up arrow 2%

Spanish Language
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 507 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 34% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 40%
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