Entry-Level Dental Assistant Salary

Earnings for Entry-Level Dental Assistants come in at around $13.18 per hour on average. Total incomes of Entry-Level Dental Assistants incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $1K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $21K and $36K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Over a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just over two-fifths collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$18,160 - $40,204

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$9.91 - $17.12

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$18,160 - $40,204  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,205  
Profit Sharing
$19.49 - $4,663  
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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$20,604 - $36,430  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 392
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
$7.39 - $26.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,205  
   
Profit Sharing
$19.49 - $4,663  
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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$20,604 - $36,430  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,405
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Dental Assistant


Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, Family Dental, Family Dental Care, and Comfort Dental are top-notch employers for Entry-Level Dental Assistants in this area. Koolsmiles offers the largest salaries in town — $31K on average. 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.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Gentle Dental at $24K, and Comfort Dental where $25K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Entry-Level Dental Assistants there earn up to $45K.

Pay Difference by Location


Charlotte offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Dental Assistants, 21 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Dental Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+18 percent), Denver (+12 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), and New York (+7 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Los Angeles is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in San Antonio and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 5 percent less, 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

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
up arrow 2%

Dental assistant
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Patient Education
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Insurance
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Radiology
0%

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 752 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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