Entry-Level Dental Assistant Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Dental Assistants is around $13.73 per hour. Overall incomes of Entry-Level Dental Assistants — including $3K bonuses, $3K profit sharing proceeds, and $7K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $21K and $37K. Geography and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Entry-Level Dental Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. One-third receive medical and dental insurance and about a sixth get vision plans. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$16,438 - $40,746
$16K
$29K
$41K
MEDIAN: $28,812
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$10.23 - $17.57
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$0$40K
Salary $16,438 - $40,746
Bonus $151.01 - $3,056
Profit Sharing $1.30 - $2,909
Commission $402.68 - $6,953
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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$21,193 - $37,326
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 449
Hourly Data $0$26
Hourly Rate $10.23 - $17.57
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $8.05
Overtime $13.53 - $26.62
Annual Data $0$37K
Bonus $151.01 - $3,056
Commission $402.68 - $6,953
Profit Sharing $1.30 - $2,909
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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$21,193 - $37,326
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 6,344

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Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Entry-Level Dental Assistants include Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, Family Dental Care, Comfort Dental, and Family Dental. The biggest paychecks can be found at Heartland Dental Corporation — the median salary there is $31K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Koolsmiles, Dental Group Ltd, and Heartland Dental Care, where earnings of $31K, $31K, or $31K are standard for Entry-Level Dental Assistants.

Entry-Level Dental Assistants will find the worst pay at Smile Brands Inc, where the median salary crawls in at $25K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $33K, leaving little room for growth. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Family Dental Care, Dental Dreams, and Pediatric Dental. They all pay $25K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,892

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

Entry-Level Dental Assistants will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 26 percent. Entry-Level Dental Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Charlotte (+10 percent), Denver (+7 percent), New York (+5 percent), and Atlanta (+5 percent). Los Angeles is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Antonio and San Diego (8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Dental Assistant Advice

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

Dental Assistant in Port Charlotte:
Find a better career.

Dental Assistant in Kingman:
"False promise of a higher salary."
Everything you were taught in dental school is totally different compared to the work field.

Dental Assistant in Belvidere:
"Educate yourself."
Educate yourself about what is attainable in your field and set goals to achieve it. Learn more than what is expected of you, and not just in your specific area.

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 San Diego:
"I wish I knew that my employer was overextrict boss,"
If you don't feel confortable with the eay your boss micromanage their employees on the first two days, don't stay, go and find other place to work when you feel confortable with how your boss treats you and others.

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.

Key Stats for Dental Assistant

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 867 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
12%
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Skills That Affect Dental Assistant Salaries

endodontics
▲6%


▲1%


▼0%

▼0%

National Average
$29,000

Patient Education
▼1%

▼2%


▼2%


Dental assistant
▼4%

sterilization
▼6%


Bilingual
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 867 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 33%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
no benefits
None: 50%
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