Dental Assistant (Certified) Salary

Certifed Dental Assistants in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $15.94 per hour for pay. With some bonuses approaching $1K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Certifed Dental Assistants spread between $23K and $46K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Certifed Dental Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. About two-fifths report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and nearly one in eight collect vision insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,567 - $45,055
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$21K
$32K
$45K
MEDIAN: $32,161
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$11.15 - $21.79
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$11
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,567 - $45,055  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,224  
Profit Sharing
$2.21 - $4,894  
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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$22,981 - $46,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 102
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.15 - $21.79  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $31.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,224  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.21 - $4,894  
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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$22,981 - $46,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 964

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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. Registered Dental Assistants or Dental Hygienists are common next-step roles for Certifed Dental Assistants moving up in their careers; annual pay for Registered Dental Assistants is $1K higher on average, and it's $30K higher for Dental Hygienists.

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Popular Skills for Dental Assistant (Certified)


Survey results suggest that Certifed Dental Assistants put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Oral Surgery, Pediatrics, Surgery, and Orthodontics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 12 percent. It is often found that people who know Patient Education are also skilled 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $29K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $34K. Certifed Dental Assistants see a median salary of $39K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $41K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 21 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 (+20 percent), Charlotte (+14 percent), Syracuse (+7 percent), and Buffalo (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 8 percent south of the national average, can be found in Cincinnati.

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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
6%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

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