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Entry-Level Dental Assistant Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Dental Assistants is around $13.13 per hour. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Dental Assistants bottoms out near $21K and approaches $36K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $1K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. 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 report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than two-fifths collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$17,724 - $39,954
(Median)
$18K
$29K
$40K
MEDIAN: $29,074
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$9.88 - $17.08
(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
$17,724 - $39,954  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,181  
Profit Sharing
$1.30 - $4,818  
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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$20,542 - $36,409  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 344
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.88 - $17.08  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.02 - $1.85  
Overtime
$5.08 - $26.23  
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 - $1,181  
   
Profit Sharing
$1.30 - $4,818  
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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$20,542 - $36,409  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,580

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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Dental Assistant


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Entry-Level Dental Assistants include Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, Family Dental, Family Dental Care, and Kool Smiles Pc. Koolsmiles leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $31K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Heartland Dental Care, Aspen Dental, and Pacific Dental Services Incorporated, where Entry-Level Dental Assistants typically earn around $29K, $28K, or $28K, respectively.

Comfort Dental, Smile Brands Inc, and Family Dental Care also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $24K, $25K, and $25K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Dental Assistants in Charlotte enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Dental Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+18 percent), Portland (+12 percent), Denver (+10 percent), and New York (+9 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, Los Angeles is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Antonio and Las Vegas (9 percent lower and 6 percent lower, 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.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Dental Assistant Salaries


Periodontics
up arrow 5%

Oral Surgery
up arrow 4%

endodontics
up arrow 4%

Office Administration
up arrow 3%

Orthodontics
up arrow 3%

Radiology
up arrow 1%

Patient Education
up arrow 1%

Dental assistant
up arrow 1%

Instrument Control
0%

Customer Service
0%

Pediatrics
0%

National Average
$28,000


Bilingual
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 727 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Common Health Benefits

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