An average Entry-Level Dental Assistant can expect to take home roughly $13.49 per hour. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Dental Assistants — which occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $3K from profit sharing — stretch from around $21K to approximately $37K. Geography and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to around one in three, and nearly two in five earn dental coverage. For the most part, Entry-Level Dental Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$16,783 - $41,203
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$17K
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$41K
MEDIAN: $28,944
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$10.06 - $17.36
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$16,783 - $41,203  
   
Bonus
$149.67 - $3,473  
Profit Sharing
$0.79 - $3,064  
Commission
$1,000  
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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$20,866 - $36,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 445
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.06 - $17.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $8.05  
Overtime
$13.59 - $26.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$149.67 - $3,473  
   
Commission
$1,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.79 - $3,064  
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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$20,866 - $36,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6,358
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Leading companies who hire large numbers of Entry-Level Dental Assistants include Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, Dental Group Ltd, Kool Smiles Pc., and Family Dental Care. The biggest paychecks can be found at Koolsmiles — the median salary there is $31K. Heartland Dental Care, Dental Group Ltd, and Family Dental are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Dental Assistants earning around $31K, $29K, or $28K at each firm, respectively.

Smile Brands Inc offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $25K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $21K to $33K. Family Dental Care, Dental Dreams and Gentle Dental are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $25K, $26K, and $26K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,382

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Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Dental Assistants, 25 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Dental Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Charlotte (+12 percent), New York (+8 percent), Denver (+6 percent), and Atlanta (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Los Angeles. Employers also pay below the national average in San Antonio (6 percent lower) and Chicago (5 percent lower).

Dental Assistant Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Dental Assistant in Glendale:
"Pay."
Be caring attentive to your patients their always first and what is best for them , need to be a team player do your job and more and most importantly keep Dr. Happy.

Dental Assistant in Deer Park:
"Lack of health benefits."
Need to enjoy dealing with the public. Have sympathy & compassion for patients and their anxiety of dental treatment. Must be a team player. Good communication skills. Having the ability to multi-task. Willingness to learn. Work well under pressure. Work long hours in a day.

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
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Scheduling
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Order Inventory
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Periodontics
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Oral Surgery
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Office Administration
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Patient Education
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Orthodontics
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National Average
$28,000

Radiology
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Instrument Control
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Customer Service
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Pediatrics
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Bilingual
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 722 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 34%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
medical benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 49%
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