The larger portion of Non-Certified Dental Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $13.45 per hour. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly one in three receive medical and dental insurance and less than 10 percent get vision insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$23,583 - $35,000
$25K
MEDIAN: $25,042
50%

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$10.18 - $18.72
$10
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $13.45
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$25,042  
   
Bonus
$1,171  
Total Pay (?
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$21,084 - $39,526  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 7
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$10.18 - $18.72  
   
Overtime
$17.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$1,171  
   
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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$21,084 - $39,526  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 52

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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

  • Assist dentist during dental treatment procedures.
  • Maintain office records and supplies and schedule appointments.
  • Teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene.
  • Take and develop patient x-rays, including digital (if certified).
  • Sterilize instruments and equipment.

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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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $26K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $30K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Non-Certified Dental Assistants make a median salary of $34K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $33K.

Key Stats for Dental Assistant (Non-Certified)

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
042
Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Dental Assistant (Non-Certified) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 32%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 8%
dental benefits
None: 48%
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