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 $16.90 per hour. Final cash compensation to Certifed Dental Assistants varies from around $25K to approximately $48K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $3K and $4K, respectively. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Nearly two in five receive medical and dental insurance and close to a sixth get vision insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Certifed Dental Assistants. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,537 - $46,699
$21K
$32K
$47K
MEDIAN: $32,147
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$12.10 - $22.53
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MEDIAN: $16.90
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,537 - $46,699  
   
Bonus
$200.27 - $2,980  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $3,945  
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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$25,081 - $47,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.10 - $22.53  
   
Overtime
$13.52 - $32.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$200.27 - $2,980  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $3,945  
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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$25,081 - $47,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 788

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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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For Certifed Dental Assistants, progressing to a Registered Dental Hygienist role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Registered Dental Hygienist can earn $67K annually. It is not unusual for a Certified Dental Assistant to become a Registered Dental Assistant or an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant.

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Popular Skills for Dental Assistant (Certified)


Survey results imply that Certifed Dental Assistants deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, endodontics, Orthodontics, and Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Expanded Functions and Coronal Polishing. Those proficient in Patient Education are, more often than not, 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Certifed Dental Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $31K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $36K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certifed Dental Assistants make a median salary of $39K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $42K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,438

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Columbus offers some of the highest pay in the country for Certifed Dental Assistants, 17 percent above the national average. Certifed Dental Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+15 percent), New York (+12 percent), Raleigh (+12 percent), and Charlotte (+9 percent). Certifed Dental Assistants' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Certifed Dental Assistants in Las Vegas bring in salaries that are 28 percent lower than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Syracuse (16 percent lower) and Rochester (14 percent lower).

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
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 123 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Dental Assistant (Certified) Salaries

▲20%

▲11%

▲2%

National Average
$35,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant (Certified) Salaries

Order Inventory
▲16%

endodontics
▲12%

▲8%

▲8%

OSHA Compliance
▲8%

certified dental assistant
▲6%

▲4%

▲4%


Radiology
▼0%

National Average
$35,000


Coronal Polishing
▼5%

Expanded Functions
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 123 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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