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Entry-Level Dental Assistant Salary (United States)

Hourly wages for Entry-Level Dental Assistants typically come in around $12.95 per hour. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Dental Assistants — which occasionally include more than $1K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $20K to approximately $36K. Geography and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than two-fifths collect dental insurance. Most Entry-Level Dental Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Entry-Level Dental Assistant Salary (?
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$17,643 - $39,843
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Entry-Level Dental Assistant Salary (?
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$9.80 - $16.87
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,643 - $39,843  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,179  
Profit Sharing
$19.57 - $4,631  
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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$20,395 - $36,088  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 297
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.80 - $16.87  
   
Overtime
$4.86 - $25.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,179  
   
Profit Sharing
$19.57 - $4,631  
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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$20,395 - $36,088  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,839
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Dental Assistant

Known for taking on a considerable number of Entry-Level Dental Assistants, Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, Family Dental, Family Dental Care, and Koolsmiles are leading firms in the industry. Those at Koolsmiles can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $31K.
Family Dental Care and Family Dental are other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($25K and $27K, respectively).

Pay Difference By Location

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With a pay rate for Entry-Level Dental Assistants that is 20 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Charlotte, Denver, Austin, and Atlanta, where Entry-Level Dental Assistants typically earn around 19 percent, 12 percent, 8 percent, and 6 percent more than usual. Los Angeles ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. San Antonio and Las Vegas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Dental Assistant Salaries

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Orthodontics
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National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
94%
female alumni
 
Male
6%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

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