Dental Assistant (Certified) Salary

Women account for the majority of Certifed Dental Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $16.22 per hour. Final cash compensation to Certifed Dental Assistants varies from around $23K to approximately $47K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $1K and $3K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Close to two-fifths receive medical and dental insurance and about an eighth get vision plans. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,289 - $44,917
(Median)
$20K
$32K
$45K
MEDIAN: $31,596
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$11.48 - $22.04
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$11
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,289 - $44,917  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,197  
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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$23,409 - $46,512  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.48 - $22.04  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $31.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,197  
   
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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$23,409 - $46,512  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 951
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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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As Certifed Dental Assistants transition into upper-level roles such as Registered Dental Hygienist, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Registered Dental Hygienists earn $67K on average 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 imply that Certifed Dental Assistants put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Oral Surgery, Surgery, Pediatrics, and Orthodontics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 10 percent. 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.


Certifed Dental Assistants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average beginner in this position makes around $29K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $34K. Certifed Dental Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $39K. 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


Surpassing the national average by 18 percent, Certifed Dental Assistants in Raleigh receive some of the highest pay in the country. Certifed Dental Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+16 percent), Charlotte (+14 percent), Syracuse (+5 percent), and Buffalo (+2 percent). Falling short of the national average by 10 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Cincinnati.

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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 208 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: 38%
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