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Entry-Level Dental Assistant Salary

Pay for Entry-Level Dental Assistants sits in the ballpark of $13.05 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $1K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $4K, overall incomes of Entry-Level Dental Assistants spread between $20K and $36K depending on individual performance. Residence and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. More than a third enjoy medical while more than two-fifths get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-seventh. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
$17,783 - $40,021
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MEDIAN: $28,945
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$9.85 - $16.96
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,783 - $40,021  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,183  
Profit Sharing
$1.30 - $4,460  
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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$20,487 - $36,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 317
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.85 - $16.96  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.02 - $1.85  
Overtime
$4.81 - $25.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,183  
   
Profit Sharing
$1.30 - $4,460  
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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$20,487 - $36,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,134
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Dental Assistant


Entry-Level Dental Assistants flock to Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, Family Dental, Family Dental Care, and Koolsmiles, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Entry-Level Dental Assistants flock to Koolsmiles for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $31K lead the pack in compensation. Heartland Dental Care, Aspen Dental, and Family Dental are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Dental Assistants earning around $29K, $27K, or $27K at each firm, respectively.

Other low-paying employers include Comfort Dental at $24K and Family Dental Care at $25K, though some Entry-Level Dental Assistants there earn up to $37K.

Pay Difference by Location


Charlotte offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Dental Assistants, 19 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Dental Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+19 percent), Denver (+11 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), and Austin (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Los Angeles, 15 percent below the national average. Workers in San Antonio and Las Vegas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

Dental Assistant Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Dental Assistant in Watertown:
"Honesty."
Do your research before falling into the wrong hands! I was missing dental assisting and found someone looking. I trusted what they told me and am really sorry I took the job! Dental assisting is suppose to be a very rewarding job ~ well at least it use to be! I took a huge cut in pay but was reassured I would be compensated after my trial period. It's now over two years...YES I said two years I have stayed at this place! I'm not a quitter for the most part and quite frankly I am currently interviewing in other offices. I have only been handed more to do, have my hours be in the on call form, constantly disrespected/cut down, nothing is good enough! Red Flag also is telling have allot of write offs in the insurance area = you or anyone else is not getting a raise! Meanwhile office remodels being done, new BMW in parking lot, hundred thousand dollar home remodels being done, trips to Europe, cruises, and so on...Can't pay you what we promised!! I work hard and want to be paid the same!
Dental Assistant in Prescott:
"Hands On Is The Best Way To Learn."
On the job training and hands on experience is the best way to learn dental assisting.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Dental Assistant Salaries

Periodontics
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endodontics
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Oral Surgery
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Office Administration
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Orthodontics
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Radiology
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Patient Education
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Instrument Control
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Customer Service
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Pediatrics
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National Average
$28,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 652 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 35% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 43%