Entry-Level Dental Assistant Salary

The average Entry-Level Dental Assistant earns approximately $13.24 per hour. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Dental Assistants — which occasionally include more than $1K from bonuses and more than $3K from profit sharing — stretch from around $21K to approximately $36K. The particular firm and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Entry-Level Dental Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. More than a third enjoy medical while approximately two in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one in six. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$17,804 - $40,549
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$18K
$29K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,329
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$9.95 - $17.16
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,804 - $40,549  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,459  
Profit Sharing
$19.80 - $3,030  
Commission
$400.00  
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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$20,681 - $36,487  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 485
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $17.16  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.97  
Overtime
$10.10 - $26.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,459  
   
Commission
$400.00  
Profit Sharing
$19.80 - $3,030  
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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$20,681 - $36,487  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6,914
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Leading companies who hire large numbers of Entry-Level Dental Assistants include Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, Family Dental, Family Dental Care, and Comfort Dental. Those at Koolsmiles can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $31K. Also paying near the top of the field are Heartland Dental Care at $31K, Aspen Dental at $27K, and Pacific Dental Services Incorporated, where Entry-Level Dental Assistants annually earn $27K.

Other low-paying employers include Gentle Family Dentistry at $24K and Family Dental Care at $25K, though some Entry-Level Dental Assistants there earn up to $37K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,937

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

Charlotte is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Dental Assistants, 18 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Dental Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+17 percent), New York (+10 percent), Austin (+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. Employers in San Antonio and Orlando also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Dental Assistant Advice

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

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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Order Inventory
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Oral Surgery
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Periodontics
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Office Administration
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Orthodontics
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Patient Education
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Radiology
0%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$28,000

Instrument Control
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Pediatrics
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Dental assistant
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Scheduling
up arrow 10%

Bilingual
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 929 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
medical benefits
Vision: 16%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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