Dental Assistant (Certified) Salary

Women account for the majority of Certifed Dental Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $16.66 per hour. Total cash compensation to Certifed Dental Assistants bottoms out near $25K and approaches $47K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $1K from bonuses and almost $3K from profit sharing. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to more than a third, and more than two-fifths earn dental coverage. The majority of Certifed Dental Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,570 - $47,650
(Median)
$22K
$34K
$48K
MEDIAN: $33,799
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$11.96 - $22.40
(Median)
$12
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$21,570 - $47,650  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,229  
Profit Sharing
$604 - $2,980  
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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$24,605 - $47,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.96 - $22.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$0.00 - $31.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,229  
   
Profit Sharing
$604 - $2,980  
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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$24,605 - $47,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 987
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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 progress into high-paying roles like Registered Dental Hygienist, where median compensation is $67K annually. Becoming a Registered Dental Assistant or a Dental Hygienist is often the next step for a Certified Dental Assistant.

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Popular Skills for Dental Assistant (Certified)


Certifed Dental Assistants report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Surgery, endodontics, Oral Surgery, and Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Coronal Polishing. 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $30K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $35K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Certifed Dental Assistants bring in $40K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $41K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,962

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

Certifed Dental Assistants will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 24 percent. Certifed Dental Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Raleigh (+15 percent), New York (+12 percent), Charlotte (+11 percent), and Fort Wayne (+6 percent). Cincinnati is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Chicago (8 percent lower) and Syracuse (6 percent lower).

Dental Assistant (Certified) Reviews

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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Experience Affects Dental Assistant (Certified) Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Dental Assistant (Certified) Salaries

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endodontics
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Office Administration
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Patient Education
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Radiology
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National Average
$35,000

Coronal Polishing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 209 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
medical benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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