Dental Assistant (Certified) Salary

A Dental Assistant (Certified) earns an average wage of $17.01 per hour. The highest paying skills associated with this job are endodontics and Order Inventory.
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$22,057 - $47,447
$22K
$34K
$47K
MEDIAN: $33,816
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$12.14 - $22.55
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $17.11
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$22,057 - $47,447  
   
Bonus
$203.03 - $3,036  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $3,915  
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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$25,172 - $47,765  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 65
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.14 - $22.55  
   
Overtime
$13.15 - $32.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$203.03 - $3,036  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $3,915  
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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$25,172 - $47,765  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 816

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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

  • Assist dentist during dental treatment procedures.
  • Maintain office records and supplies and schedule appointments.
  • Teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene.
  • Take and develop patient x-rays, including digital (if certified).
  • Sterilize instruments and equipment.

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Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistant (Certified)

Pay by Experience for a Dental Assistant (Certified) has a positive trend. An entry-level Dental Assistant (Certified) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 401 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dental Assistant (Certified) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 216 salaries. An experienced Dental Assistant (Certified) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 207 salaries. A Dental Assistant (Certified) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 154 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,877

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Dental Assistant (Certified) Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Dental Assistant (Certified)

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 137 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Dental Assistant (Certified) Salaries

▲18%

▲10%

▲1%

National Average
$36,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant (Certified) Salaries

endodontics
▲15%

Order Inventory
▲14%

▲7%

▲6%

OSHA Compliance
▲6%

certified dental assistant
▲4%

▲3%

▲2%


National Average
$36,000

▼1%


Coronal Polishing
▼6%

Expanded Functions
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 18%
no benefits
None: 40%
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