Dental Assistant (Non-Certified) Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Non-Certified Dental Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $13.66 per hour. Slightly less than a third enjoy medical while more than a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than 10 percent. Most Non-Certified Dental Assistants are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$16,219 - $49,316
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$16K
$28K
$49K
MEDIAN: $28,000
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$9.84 - $18.65
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$14
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$16,219 - $49,316  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,019  
Total Pay (?
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$20,266 - $39,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $18.65  
   
Overtime
$1.61 - $29.92  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,019  
   
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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$20,266 - $39,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 212

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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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $25K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $31K. Non-Certified Dental Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $34K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $37K on average.

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Experience Affects Dental Assistant (Non-Certified) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$29,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 28% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 8% employee benefits None: 47%