Entry-Level Dental Assistant Salary

For Entry-Level Dental Assistants, hourly average wages total $13.55 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Entry-Level Dental Assistants stretch from $21K on the lower end to $37K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $3K from bonuses and $2K from profit sharing. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Roughly a third enjoy medical while more than a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-sixth. For the most part, Entry-Level Dental Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$16,692 - $41,163
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$29K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,037
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$10.11 - $17.38
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$16,692 - $41,163  
   
Bonus
$148.99 - $3,127  
Profit Sharing
$2.86 - $2,066  
Commission
$1,017  
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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$20,977 - $36,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 440
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.11 - $17.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $8.05  
Overtime
$13.40 - $25.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$148.99 - $3,127  
   
Commission
$1,017  
Profit Sharing
$2.86 - $2,066  
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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$20,977 - $36,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6,397
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Entry-Level Dental Assistants fill the offices of leading firms Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, Family Dental Care, Comfort Dental, and Family Dental. Entry-Level Dental Assistants seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Heartland Dental Corporation, where the average salary comes to $31K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Koolsmiles, Dental Group Ltd, and Heartland Dental Care, where Entry-Level Dental Assistants typically earn around $31K, $31K, or $31K, respectively.

Entry-Level Dental Assistants will find the worst pay at Smile Brands Inc, where the median salary crawls in at $25K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $33K, leaving little room for growth. Employees at Family Dental Care, Dental Dreams, and Pediatric Dental can also expect below-average earnings of $25K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,542

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Dental Assistants, 28 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Dental Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Charlotte (+11 percent), Denver (+8 percent), New York (+6 percent), and Atlanta (+6 percent). Los Angeles ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. San Antonio and San Diego are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

Dental Assistant Advice

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

Dental Assistant in Belvidere:
`"$Educate yourself."`
Educate yourself about what is attainable in your field and set goals to achieve it. Learn more than what is expected of you, and not just in your specific area.

Dental Assistant in Billings:
`"$Work hard."`
Work hard, learn as much as you can, but don't take being treated like you are less than amazing. This job helps the dentist bring in thousands of dollars a day, and helps patients ease their fear of the dentist. Be proud of your job and don't let anyone tell you you settled.

Dental Assistant in Glendale:
`"$Pay."`
Be caring attentive to your patients their always first and what is best for them , need to be a team player do your job and more and most importantly keep Dr. Happy.

Dental Assistant in Deer Park:
`"$Lack of health benefits."`
Need to enjoy dealing with the public. Have sympathy & compassion for patients and their anxiety of dental treatment. Must be a team player. Good communication skills. Having the ability to multi-task. Willingness to learn. Work well under pressure. Work long hours in a day.

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.

Key Stats for Dental Assistant

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 758 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
12%
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Skills That Affect Dental Assistant Salaries

endodontics
▲7%


▲3%

▲2%


▲1%

Patient Education
▼0%

National Average
$29,000

▼1%



▼1%

Dental assistant
▼3%

sterilization
▼5%


Bilingual
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 758 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 33%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 50%
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