Dental Assistant (Non-Certified) Salary

Non-Certified Dental Assistants in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $13.87 per hour. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. About one in four report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about two-fifths collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$16,107 - $49,665
(Median)
$16K
$27K
$50K
MEDIAN: $27,176
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$9.98 - $18.68
(Median)
$10
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$16,107 - $49,665  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
Total Pay (?
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$20,408 - $39,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.98 - $18.68  
   
Overtime
$1.80 - $32.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
   
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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$20,408 - $39,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 161
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Job Description for Dental Assistant (Non-Certified)

  • 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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Non-Certified Dental Assistants. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $25K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $31K. 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 27%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

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
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 26% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 8% employee benefits None: 47%
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