The larger portion of Certifed Dental Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $16.72 per hour. Cash earnings for Certifed Dental Assistants — including $3K in bonuses and $4K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $25K to $47K depending on individual performance. Geographic 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 approximately one in six get vision plans. Work is enjoyable for Certifed Dental Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$21,751 - $47,962
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$35K
$48K
MEDIAN: $34,673
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$12.00 - $22.49
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$21,751 - $47,962  
   
Bonus
$196.97 - $2,915  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $3,973  
Total Pay (?
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$24,982 - $47,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.00 - $22.49  
   
Overtime
$13.49 - $31.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$196.97 - $2,915  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $3,973  
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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$24,982 - $47,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 771
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Registered Dental Hygienist. The average Registered Dental Hygienist brings home $67K per year. Becoming a Registered Dental Assistant or an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant is a common transition from a Certified Dental Assistant role.

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Popular Skills for Dental Assistant (Certified)


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, endodontics, certified dental assistant, and Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 17 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Coronal Polishing. Most people experienced in Patient Education also know 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $31K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $36K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $39K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $43K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,175

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For Certifed Dental Assistants, Springfield provides a pay rate that is 26 percent greater than the national average. Certifed Dental Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+16 percent), Raleigh (+12 percent), Charlotte (+12 percent), and Columbus (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Syracuse, 16 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Buffalo and Fayetteville (11 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

Order Inventory
up arrow 17%

endodontics
up arrow 13%

certified dental assistant
up arrow 12%

up arrow 8%

OSHA Compliance
up arrow 8%


Oral Surgery
up arrow 4%

Pediatrics
up arrow 4%

Patient Education
up arrow 1%

Radiology
0%

National Average
$35,000

Office Administration
up arrow 1%

Coronal Polishing
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 40%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
medical benefits
Vision: 16%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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