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 $13.61 per hour. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Slightly more than a fifth enjoy medical while about two-fifths get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than five percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$17,754 - $43,588
(Median)
$18K
$26K
$44K
MEDIAN: $26,400
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$9.95 - $18.31
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$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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $24K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $30K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $33K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $37K.

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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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