Dental Assistant (Certified) Salary

Women comprise the majority of Certifed Dental Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $16.66 per hour on average. With some bonuses approaching $1K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $3K, overall incomes of Certifed Dental Assistants spread between $25K and $47K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. More than a third enjoy medical while more than two-fifths get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around an eighth. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,570 - $47,650
(Median)
$22K
$34K
$48K
MEDIAN: $33,799
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$11.96 - $22.40
(Median)
$12
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$21,570 - $47,650  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,229  
Profit Sharing
$604 - $2,980  
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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$24,605 - $47,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.96 - $22.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$0.00 - $31.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,229  
   
Profit Sharing
$604 - $2,980  
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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$24,605 - $47,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 987
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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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Certifed Dental Assistants who go on to become Registered Dental Hygienists may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Registered Dental Hygienists is $67K annually. Becoming a Registered Dental Assistant or a Dental Hygienist is often the next step for a Certified Dental Assistant.

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Popular Skills for Dental Assistant (Certified)


Certifed Dental Assistants seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Surgery, endodontics, Oral Surgery, and Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Coronal Polishing. 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 Certifed Dental Assistants, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $30K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $35K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certifed Dental Assistants make a median salary of $40K. Certifed Dental Assistants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $41K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,962

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

For those looking to make money, Certifed Dental Assistants in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Certifed Dental Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Raleigh (+15 percent), New York (+12 percent), Charlotte (+11 percent), and Fort Wayne (+6 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Cincinnati is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Chicago and Syracuse also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Dental Assistant (Certified) Reviews

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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Experience Affects Dental Assistant (Certified) Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Dental Assistant (Certified) Salaries

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endodontics
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Office Administration
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Patient Education
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Radiology
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National Average
$35,000

Coronal Polishing
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
medical benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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