Dental Assistant (Certified) Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Certifed Dental Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $16.21 per hour. In the world of Certifed Dental Assistants, total cash compensation can vary between $23K and $46K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $1K and $3K, respectively. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Two in five report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and nearly one in eight collect vision insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$20,372 - $44,766
(Median)
$20K
$31K
$45K
MEDIAN: $31,394
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$11.43 - $21.97
(Median)
$11
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,372 - $44,766  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,197  
Profit Sharing
$2.21 - $2,936  
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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$23,372 - $46,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 91
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.43 - $21.97  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $31.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,197  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.21 - $2,936  
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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$23,372 - $46,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 966
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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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For Certifed Dental Assistants, progressing to a Registered Dental Hygienist role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Registered Dental Hygienist can earn $67K annually. Becoming a Registered Dental Assistant or a Dental Hygienist is a common transition from a Certified Dental Assistant role.

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Popular Skills for Dental Assistant (Certified)


Survey results imply that Certifed Dental Assistants put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Oral Surgery, Surgery, Pediatrics, and Orthodontics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 11 percent, 10 percent, 9 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Most people who know Patient Education also know 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.


For many Certifed Dental Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $29K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $34K. On average, Certifed Dental Assistants make $39K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $41K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Certifed Dental Assistants, working in the bustling city of Raleigh has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Certifed Dental Assistants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+16 percent), Charlotte (+14 percent), Syracuse (+5 percent), and Buffalo (+2 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Cincinnati is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Dental Assistant (Certified) Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Dental Assistant (Certified) Salaries


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National Average
$34,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 209 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 40% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 38%
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