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Entry-Level Dental Assistant Salary

An average Entry-Level Dental Assistant can expect to take home roughly $13.15 per hour. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Dental Assistants — including $1K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $21K to $36K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Over a third enjoy medical while just over two-fifths get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about a seventh. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$17,553 - $39,895
(Median)
$18K
$29K
$40K
MEDIAN: $29,189
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$9.88 - $17.08
(Median)
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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
$17,553 - $39,895  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,194  
Profit Sharing
$19.27 - $4,740  
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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$20,548 - $36,367  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 366
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
$9.88 - $17.08  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.03 - $1.41  
Overtime
$4.79 - $26.29  
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 - $1,194  
   
Profit Sharing
$19.27 - $4,740  
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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$20,548 - $36,367  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,834

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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Dental Assistant


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Entry-Level Dental Assistants include Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, Family Dental, Family Dental Care, and Kool Smiles Pc. Entry-Level Dental Assistants seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Koolsmiles, where the average salary comes to $31K. Heartland Dental Care, Aspen Dental, and Pacific Dental Services Incorporated are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Dental Assistants earning around $29K, $28K, or $28K at each firm, respectively.

Comfort Dental, Smile Brands Inc and Family Dental Care are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $24K, $25K, and $25K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Entry-Level Dental Assistants that is 19 percent greater than the national average, Charlotte offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Dental Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+18 percent), Denver (+9 percent), Atlanta (+8 percent), and Houston (+5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Los Angeles. On the whole, employers pay 7 percent below the median salary for those in this field in San Antonio and Las Vegas.

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


Periodontics
up arrow 5%

endodontics
up arrow 4%

Oral Surgery
up arrow 3%

Office Administration
up arrow 2%

Orthodontics
up arrow 2%

Radiology
up arrow 1%

Patient Education
up arrow 1%

Dental assistant
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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 731 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Common Health Benefits

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