Entry-Level Dental Assistant Salary
An average Entry-Level Dental Assistant can expect to take home roughly $13.49 per hour. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Dental Assistants — which occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $3K from profit sharing — stretch from around $21K to approximately $37K. Geography and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to around one in three, and nearly two in five earn dental coverage. For the most part, Entry-Level Dental Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Assistant
Leading companies who hire large numbers of Entry-Level Dental Assistants include Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, Dental Group Ltd, Kool Smiles Pc., and Family Dental Care. The biggest paychecks can be found at Koolsmiles — the median salary there is $31K. Heartland Dental Care, Dental Group Ltd, and Family Dental are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Dental Assistants earning around $31K, $29K, or $28K at each firm, respectively.
Smile Brands Inc offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $25K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $21K to $33K. Family Dental Care, Dental Dreams and Gentle Dental are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $25K, $26K, and $26K.
Pay Difference by Location
Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Dental Assistants, 25 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Dental Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Charlotte (+12 percent), New York (+8 percent), Denver (+6 percent), and Atlanta (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Los Angeles. Employers also pay below the national average in San Antonio (6 percent lower) and Chicago (5 percent lower).