A Dental Assistant (Certified) earns an average wage of $16.90 per hour. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Order Inventory and endodontics.
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$20,537 - $46,699
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MEDIAN: $32,147
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$12.10 - $22.53
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,537 - $46,699  
   
Bonus
$200.27 - $2,980  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $3,945  
Total Pay (?
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$25,081 - $47,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.10 - $22.53  
   
Overtime
$13.52 - $32.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$200.27 - $2,980  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $3,945  
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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$25,081 - $47,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 788

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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

  • Assist dentist during dental treatment procedures.
  • Maintain office records and supplies and schedule appointments.
  • Teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene.
  • Take and develop patient x-rays, including digital (if certified).
  • Sterilize instruments and equipment.

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Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistant (Certified)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,438

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Dental Assistant (Certified) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Dental Assistant (Certified)?

Dental Assistant (Certified) in Wichita:
"Rewarding."
Pros: What I most enjoy about dental assisting is being able to transform a patients smile. Seeing that patients self esteem and confidence shining through them as they leave their appointment with a beautiful smile they thought they would never seen again. Knowing I was able to change a persons life mentally and physically with a new smile is the icing on the cake!
Cons: Lack of other team members help with side duties, having more than enough responsibilities with poor pay. Office conditions. No paid vacation or paid time off. Pay schedule issues.

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Key Stats for Dental Assistant (Certified)

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 123 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Dental Assistant (Certified) Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Dental Assistant (Certified) Salaries

Order Inventory
up arrow 16%

endodontics
up arrow 12%


up arrow 8%

OSHA Compliance
up arrow 8%

certified dental assistant
up arrow 6%




Radiology
0%

National Average
$35,000


Coronal Polishing
up arrow 5%

Expanded Functions
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 123 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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