Entry-Level Dental Assistant Salary

Average Entry-Level Dental Assistants make around $13.24 per hour. In the world of Entry-Level Dental Assistants, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $1K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $3K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $21K and $36K. The specific employer and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to more than a third, and roughly two in five earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Dental Assistants is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$17,804 - $40,549
(Median)
$18K
$29K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,329
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$9.95 - $17.16
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$9
$13
$17
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,804 - $40,549  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,459  
Profit Sharing
$19.80 - $3,030  
Commission
$400.00  
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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$20,681 - $36,487  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 485
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $17.16  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.97  
Overtime
$10.10 - $26.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,459  
   
Commission
$400.00  
Profit Sharing
$19.80 - $3,030  
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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$20,681 - $36,487  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6,914
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Entry-Level Dental Assistants flock to Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, Family Dental, Family Dental Care, and Comfort Dental, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. For Entry-Level Dental Assistants, comfortable salaries can be found at Koolsmiles; in fact, median earnings sit around $31K, the highest in the area. Other leaders in compensation levels are Heartland Dental Care at $31K, Aspen Dental at $27K, and Pacific Dental Services Incorporated, where Entry-Level Dental Assistants annually earn $27K.

Other low-paying employers include Gentle Family Dentistry at $24K and Family Dental Care at $25K, though some Entry-Level Dental Assistants there earn up to $37K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,937

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With a pay rate for Entry-Level Dental Assistants that is 18 percent greater than the national average, Charlotte offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Dental Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+17 percent), New York (+10 percent), Austin (+6 percent), and Atlanta (+6 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Los Angeles, 12 percent below the national average. Employers in San Antonio and Orlando also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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 Dental Assistant Salaries

endodontics
up arrow 5%

Order Inventory
up arrow 4%

Oral Surgery
up arrow 3%

Periodontics
up arrow 3%

Office Administration
up arrow 2%

Orthodontics
up arrow 2%

Patient Education
up arrow 1%

Radiology
0%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$28,000

Instrument Control
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Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

Dental assistant
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Scheduling
up arrow 10%

Bilingual
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 929 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
medical benefits
Vision: 16%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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