Dental Assistant (Non-Certified) Salary
The larger portion of Non-Certified Dental Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $13.45 per hour. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly one in three receive medical and dental insurance and less than 10 percent get vision insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Job Description for Dental Assistant (Non-Certified)
A non-certified dental assistant works in a dental practice, assisting the dentist and other personnel within the practice in carrying out routine tasks. These professionals perform general housekeeping duties to ensure work areas are clean and ready to handle patients, such as preparing the treatment room, instruments and trays. Sterilizing and disinfecting instruments is also part of this job. The dental assistant collects patient information such as medical history and assists the dentist as instructed during exams, cleanings and other treatments; they then record treatment carried out for the patient. Other tasks that the dental assistant may perform include giving patients instructions on how to properly conduct oral hygiene tasks at home, creating reports and summaries, and sending letters to patients and others as required.Read More...
Previous experience within a dental practice is frequently preferred or required for this position, as is some education related to being a dental assistant. Dental assistants must have strong customer service skills to work effectively with patients, as well as good communication and interpersonal skills. They must be able to effectively multitask and able to follow instructions provided by the dentist and others within the practice as well.
Dental Assistant (Non-Certified) Tasks
- Assist dentist during dental treatment procedures.
- Maintain office records and supplies and schedule appointments.
- Teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene.
- Take and develop patient x-rays, including digital (if certified).
- Sterilize instruments and equipment.
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Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistant (Non-Certified)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $26K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $30K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Non-Certified Dental Assistants make a median salary of $34K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $33K.
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