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Dental Assistant (Certified) Salary

Most Certifed Dental Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $15.70 per hour. Total cash compensation to Certifed Dental Assistants bottoms out near $23K and approaches $46K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $1K from bonuses and almost $4K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. About two-fifths receive medical and dental insurance and approximately one-seventh get vision plans. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$21,171 - $44,934  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,499  
Profit Sharing
$251.00 - $3,878  
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$22,829 - $45,666  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 120
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Hourly Rate
$10.98 - $21.55  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $31.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,499  
   
Profit Sharing
$251.00 - $3,878  
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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$22,829 - $45,666  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,032
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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 on average earn $67K per year. Typical career progression for a Certified Dental Assistant involves becoming a Registered Dental Assistant or a Dental Hygienist, roles that pay $1K more and $31K more on average.

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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, Surgery, Pediatrics, and Office Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 14 percent. 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.


For Certifed Dental Assistants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $28K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $34K. On average, Certifed Dental Assistants make $39K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $40K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Certifed Dental Assistants in Raleigh enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Certifed Dental Assistants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+17 percent) and Charlotte (+16 percent). In Cincinnati, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Dental Assistant (Certified) Salaries




National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Dental Assistant (Certified) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 197 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

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