A Dental Assistant (Certified) earns an average wage of $15.05 per hour. A skill in Oral Surgery is associated with high pay for this job.
Dental Assistant (Certified) Total Pay (?
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$20,946 - $42,301
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $30,771
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Dental Assistant (Certified) Total Pay (?
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$10.32 - $20.67
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,946 - $42,301  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,532  
Profit Sharing
$204.62 - $9,863  
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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$21,633 - $43,849  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,721
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.32 - $20.67  
   
Overtime
$9.32 - $30.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,532  
   
Profit Sharing
$204.62 - $9,863  
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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$21,633 - $43,849  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,721
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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.
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National Average
$32,000
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$32,000

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Gender
Female
98%
female alumni
 
Male
2%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
15%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 36%
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