Dental Assistant (Non-Certified) Salary

Women account for the majority of Non-Certified Dental Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $13.61 per hour. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Medical benefits are awarded to just over one in five, and roughly two in five earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$17,754 - $43,588
(Median)
$18K
$26K
$44K
MEDIAN: $26,400
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$9.95 - $18.31
(Median)
$10
$14
$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$17,754 - $43,588  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,184  
Total Pay (?
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$20,484 - $38,721  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $18.31  
   
Overtime
$20.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,184  
   
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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$20,484 - $38,721  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 105
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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.


Non-Certified Dental Assistants who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $24K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $30K. Non-Certified Dental Assistants bring in $33K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $37K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Dental Assistant (Non-Certified) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

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 12 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 23%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
medical benefits
Vision: 5%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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