Entry-Level Dental Assistant Salary

The average Entry-Level Dental Assistant can expect to rake in roughly $13.17 per hour. In the world of Entry-Level Dental Assistants, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $1K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $21K and $36K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Over a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just over two-fifths collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$18,041 - $40,091
(Median)
$18K
$29K
$40K
MEDIAN: $29,178
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$9.90 - $17.12
(Median)
$9
$13
$17
MEDIAN: $13.00
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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$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$18,041 - $40,091  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,199  
Profit Sharing
$19.39 - $4,698  
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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$20,593 - $36,435  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 386
National Hourly Rate 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$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.90 - $17.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.03 - $1.41  
Overtime
$7.14 - $26.04  
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$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,199  
   
Profit Sharing
$19.39 - $4,698  
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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$20,593 - $36,435  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,252
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Dental Assistant


Dominating the field, Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, Family Dental, Family Dental Care, and Kool Smiles Pc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Entry-Level Dental Assistants. Entry-Level Dental Assistants seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Koolsmiles, where the average salary comes to $31K. Also paying near the top of the field are Heartland Dental Care at $29K, Aspen Dental at $28K, and Pacific Dental Services Incorporated, where Entry-Level Dental Assistants annually earn $28K.

Comfort Dental, Gentle Dental, and Family Dental Care are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($24K, $24K, and $25K respectively).

Pay Difference by Location


For Entry-Level Dental Assistants, working in the bustling city of Charlotte has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Dental Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+19 percent), Denver (+12 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), and New York (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Los Angeles, 13 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 7 percent less in San Antonio and 6 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Dental Assistant Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Dental Assistant in Macon:
"Very physical job."
Go to Dental Hygiene school if you plan on staying in the dental scene! You will never make near what you deserve!

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.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Dental Assistant Salaries

Insurance
up arrow 5%

Order Inventory
up arrow 4%

Periodontics
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endodontics
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Oral Surgery
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Dental assistant
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Office Administration
up arrow 2%

Orthodontics
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Radiology
up arrow 1%

Patient Education
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Instrument Control
0%

Customer Service
0%

Pediatrics
0%

National Average
$28,000


Bilingual
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 744 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 35% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 45%
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