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Dental Assistant (Certified) Salary

Most Certifed Dental Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $16.07 per hour. Total cash earnings of Certifed Dental Assistants range from $23K on the low end to $46K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $1K and $2K, respectively. Career length 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. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by roughly two in five, and approximately one-eighth earn vision coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,233 - $45,314
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$32K
$45K
MEDIAN: $31,822
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$11.19 - $21.90
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$11
$16
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,233 - $45,314  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,213  
Profit Sharing
$2.14 - $2,466  
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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$22,977 - $46,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 96
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.19 - $21.90  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $31.20  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,213  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.14 - $2,466  
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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$22,977 - $46,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 963

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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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At the upper end, Certifed Dental Assistants who move into a Registered Dental Hygienist role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Dental Hygienists is a much higher $67K per year. A Registered Dental Assistant or a Dental Hygienist is a typical transition from a Certified Dental Assistant role.

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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 Oral Surgery, Pediatrics, Surgery, and Office Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 11 percent. The majority of those 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. 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. Certifed Dental Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $39K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $41K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 19 percent, Certifed Dental Assistants in Raleigh receive some of the highest pay in the country. Certifed Dental Assistants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+17 percent), Charlotte (+14 percent), Syracuse (+6 percent), and Buffalo (+3 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cincinnati, 9 percent below the national average.

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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 210 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
18%

Common Health Benefits

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