Entry-Level Dental Assistant Salary

Earnings for Entry-Level Dental Assistants come in at around $13.17 per hour on average. Total cash earnings of Entry-Level Dental Assistants range from $21K on the low end to $36K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $1K and $5K, respectively. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Dental Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to more than a third, and more than two-fifths earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$18,075 - $40,156
(Median)
$18K
$29K
$40K
MEDIAN: $29,172
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$9.91 - $17.12
(Median)
$9
$13
$17
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$18,075 - $40,156  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,202  
Profit Sharing
$19.39 - $4,698  
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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$20,599 - $36,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 388
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.91 - $17.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.03 - $1.41  
Overtime
$7.23 - $26.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,202  
   
Profit Sharing
$19.39 - $4,698  
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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$20,599 - $36,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,297
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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 flock to Koolsmiles for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $31K lead the pack in compensation. Other big spenders include Heartland Dental Care, Aspen Dental, and Pacific Dental Services Incorporated, top-paying firms where Entry-Level Dental Assistants see paychecks nearing $29K, $28K, or $28K.

Also approaching the lower end are Comfort Dental at $24K, Gentle Dental at $24K, and Family Dental Care at $25K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 21 percent, Entry-Level Dental Assistants in Charlotte receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Dental Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+18 percent), Denver (+12 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), and Austin (+6 percent). In Los Angeles, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Antonio and Chicago (7 percent lower and 5 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 Entry-Level Dental Assistant Salaries

Insurance
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Order Inventory
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Periodontics
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endodontics
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Oral Surgery
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Orthodontics
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Office Administration
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Dental assistant
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Radiology
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Patient Education
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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 744 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Common Health Benefits

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