Entry-Level Dental Assistant Salary (United States)

Entry-Level Dental Assistants typically take home $12.95 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing—peaking near $1,179 and $4,631, respectively—total cash payment can bottom out near $17,643 or peak near $39,843. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Benefits are common in this line of work, with about a third reporting medical and dental coverage and 15 percent collecting vision insurance. Most Entry-Level Dental Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Entry-Level Dental Assistant Salary (?
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$17,643 - $39,843
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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 attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area—the median in that office is $31,200.
Gentle Family Dentistry offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $23,983. Also approaching the lower end are Family Dental Care at $24,953 and Family Dental at $26,829.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
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Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Dental Assistants, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 20 percent above the national average. Charlotte, Denver, Austin, and Atlanta also offer top salaries for Entry-Level Dental Assistants. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 19 percent, 12 percent, 8 percent, and 6 percent more, respectively. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Los Angeles, 16 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Antonio and Las Vegas (-11 percent and -9 percent, respectively).

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Dental Assistant Salaries

Periodontics
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Office Administration
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National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
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Male
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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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