Dental Assistant (Certified) Salary (United States)

The larger portion of Certified Dental Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $15.50 per hour. Compensation generally starts at $10.86 per hour and does not exceed $21.32. Overall cash allowance—including $1,503 bonuses and $9,933 profit sharing proceeds—ranges between $21,229 and $43,641. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority in this profession are lucky enough to receive benefits; 41 percent get medical and dental insurance, and 14 percent get vision plans, too. For the most part, Certified Dental Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Dental Assistant (Certified) Salary (?
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$21,229 - $43,641
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MEDIAN: $31,108
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Dental Assistant (Certified) Salary (?
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$10.86 - $21.32
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$21,229 - $43,641  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,503  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $9,933  
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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$22,616 - $45,002  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 130
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.86 - $21.32  
   
Overtime
$-0.47 - $31.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,503  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $9,933  
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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$22,616 - $45,002  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,152
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Job Description for Dental Assistant (Certified)

A certified dental assistant (CDA) is responsible for providing assistance with dental patient care. Because they work in a medical setting, certified dental assistants must have general knowledge of medical terminology. They must also be able to comply with state and national regulations regarding safety and cleanliness, such as OSHA and the American Association of Dental Boards.
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Dental Assistant (Certified) Tasks
  • Take and develop patient x-rays, including digital (if certified).
  • Sterilize instruments and equipment.
  • Teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene.
  • Assist dentist during dental treatment procedures.
  • Maintain office records and supplies and schedule appointments.

Common Career Paths for Dental Assistant (Certified)

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Certified Dental Assistants may enjoy a sizeable increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Registered Dental Hygienist can offer an extra $34K annually than lower-level jobs in the same field. Registered Dental Assistants or Dental Hygienists are common next-step roles for Certified Dental Assistants moving up in the field, where annual pay increases by $1,812 or $31K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Dental Assistant (Certified)

Survey results suggest that Certified Dental Assistants put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Oral Surgery, Pediatrics, Office Administration, and Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 16 percent, 15 percent, 12 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Those educated in Patient Education tend to be well-versed in Oral Surgery and Office Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistant (Certified)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Certified Dental Assistants with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. Though starting salaries approximate $28K, they climb to $34K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $38K. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Certified Dental Assistants encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $39,895 annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 20 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 7 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 16 percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$33,000
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Surpassing the national average by 23 percent, Certified Dental Assistants in Raleigh receive some of the highest pay in the country. Other big spenders include New York, Charlotte, Syracuse, and Fort Wayne, top-paying cities where Certified Dental Assistants see paychecks higher than average (+19 percent, +17 percent, +12 percent, and +5 percent).

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Experience Affects Dental Assistant (Certified) Salaries

National Average
$33,000

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant (Certified) Salaries

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Gender

Female
98%
female alumni
 
Male
2%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 41% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 36%
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