Dental Assistant (Non-Certified) Salary

Most Non-Certified Dental Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $13.78 per hour. Nearly one-fourth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately two in five collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Non-Certified Dental Assistants is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$16,000 - $50,000

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$9.95 - $18.56

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$16,000 - $50,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
Total Pay (?
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$20,426 - $39,801  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $18.56  
   
Overtime
$1.71 - $32.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
   
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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$20,426 - $39,801  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 159
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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.

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Dental Assistant (Non-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.

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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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $25K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $31K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $34K. Non-Certified Dental Assistants who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $37K on average.

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Experience Affects Dental Assistant (Non-Certified) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$29,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 25% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 7% employee benefits None: 48%
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