Entry-Level Dental Assistant Salary (United States)

Entry-Level Dental Assistants can typically expect wages of $12.95 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company. About a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about half collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Entry-Level Dental Assistant Salary (?
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$17,643 - $39,843
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MEDIAN: $28,588
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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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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

Dominating the field, Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, Family Dental, Family Dental Care, and Koolsmiles are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Entry-Level Dental Assistants. Koolsmiles leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $31,200.
Gentle Family Dentistry offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $23,983. Family Dental Care and Family Dental also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $24,953 and $26,829-paychecks on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
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Entry-Level Dental Assistants will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 20 percent. Entry-Level Dental Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Charlotte (+19 percent), Denver (+12 percent), Austin (+8 percent), and Atlanta (+6 percent). Los Angeles ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Antonio (-11 percent) and Las Vegas (-9 percent).

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Dental Assistant Salaries

Periodontics
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Office Administration
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Orthodontics
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Radiology
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Patient Education
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National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 619 votes.

Gender

Female
94%
female alumni
 
Male
6%
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Common Health Benefits

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