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Dental Assistant (Certified) Salary (United States)

Certifed Dental Assistants in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $15.50 per hour. Total cash earnings of Certifed Dental Assistants range from $23K on the low end to $45K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $2K and $10K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to about two in five, and one in seven earn vision coverage. Job satisfaction for Certifed Dental Assistants is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Dental Assistant (Certified) Salary (?
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$21,229 - $43,641
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MEDIAN: $31,108
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Dental Assistant (Certified) Salary (?
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$10.86 - $21.32
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$21,229 - $43,641  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,503  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $9,933  
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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$22,616 - $45,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 130
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.86 - $21.32  
   
Overtime
$-0.47 - $31.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,503  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $9,933  
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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$22,616 - $45,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,152
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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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Certifed Dental Assistants may experience if they take an upper-level role like Registered Dental Hygienist. The position tends to pay $67K annually. The most common next step for a Certified Dental Assistant is to become a Registered Dental Assistant or a Dental Hygienist. The former position pays an additional $2K per year on average, and the latter position pays $31K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Dental Assistant (Certified)

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Oral Surgery, Pediatrics, Office Administration, and Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 16 percent, 15 percent, 12 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Most people skilled in Patient Education are similarly competent 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.
Certifed Dental Assistants with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $28K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $34K. Certifed Dental Assistants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $38K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $40K. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — a majority of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining nearly one in six.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$33,000
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Certifed Dental Assistants will find that Raleigh offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 23 percent. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like New York, Charlotte, Syracuse, and Fort Wayne, top-paying markets where Certifed Dental Assistants rake in more than the national norm (+19 percent, +17 percent, +12 percent, and +5 percent).

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Experience Affects Dental Assistant (Certified) Salaries

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$33,000

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 196 votes.

Gender

Female
98%
female alumni
 
Male
2%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 41% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 36%