Entry-Level Dental Assistants pull down an average of $13.51 per hour. In the world of Entry-Level Dental Assistants, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $2K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $21K and $37K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly one in three, and roughly two in five earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$16,613 - $40,918
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MEDIAN: $28,966
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$10.08 - $17.34
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$16,613 - $40,918  
   
Bonus
$149.50 - $3,425  
Profit Sharing
$2.86 - $2,066  
Commission
$983  
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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$20,912 - $36,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 459
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.08 - $17.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $8.05  
Overtime
$13.46 - $25.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$149.50 - $3,425  
   
Commission
$983  
Profit Sharing
$2.86 - $2,066  
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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$20,912 - $36,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6,548

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Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, Family Dental Care, Family Dental, and Comfort Dental are top-notch employers for Entry-Level Dental Assistants in this area. The biggest paychecks can be found at Koolsmiles — the median salary there is $31K. Also paying near the top of the field are Heartland Dental Care at $31K, Dental Group Ltd at $31K, and Heartland Dental Corporation, where Entry-Level Dental Assistants annually earn $30K.

Smile Brands Inc doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $25K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $33K and scope of pay is rather limited. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Family Dental Care at $25K, and Pediatric Dental where $25K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Entry-Level Dental Assistants there earn up to $33K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,462

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Entry-Level Dental Assistants, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Dental Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Charlotte (+12 percent), Denver (+9 percent), New York (+6 percent), and Atlanta (+6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 12 percent south of the national average, can be found in Los Angeles. Workers in San Antonio and San Diego earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

Dental Assistant Advice

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

Dental Assistant in Billings:
"Work hard."
Work hard, learn as much as you can, but don't take being treated like you are less than amazing. This job helps the dentist bring in thousands of dollars a day, and helps patients ease their fear of the dentist. Be proud of your job and don't let anyone tell you you settled.

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.

Key Stats for Dental Assistant

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 763 votes.
073
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
11%
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Skills That Affect Dental Assistant Salaries

endodontics
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National Average
$28,000





Dental assistant
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sterilization
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Bilingual
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 763 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 34%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 50%
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