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 $16.29 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Certifed Dental Assistants stretch from $23K on the lower end to $47K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $1K from bonuses and $3K from profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Two in five claim medical and dental insurance and one in eight get vision coverage. Most Certifed Dental Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$20,365 - $45,017

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$11.50 - $22.06

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,365 - $45,017  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,184  
Profit Sharing
$2.21 - $2,936  
Total Pay (?
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$23,461 - $46,555  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 86
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.50 - $22.06  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $31.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,184  
   
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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$23,461 - $46,555  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 955
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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 transition into a Registered Dental Hygienist role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $67K per year. 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)


Survey results suggest that Certifed Dental Assistants use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Surgery, Oral Surgery, Pediatrics, and Orthodontics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 10 percent. 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.


Certifed Dental Assistants with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $29K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $34K. On average, Certifed Dental Assistants make $39K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $41K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Certifed Dental Assistants, Raleigh offers exceptional salaries, 17 percent above the national average. Certifed Dental Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+14 percent), Charlotte (+13 percent), Syracuse (+5 percent), and Buffalo (+2 percent). In Cincinnati, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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
$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 207 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: 39% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 39%
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