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 $13.74 per hour. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Non-Certified Dental Assistants. Over a third report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and around an eighth collect vision insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
Previous experience within a dental practice is frequently preferred or required for this position, as is some education related to being a dental assistant. Dental assistants must have strong customer service skills to work effectively with patients, as well as good communication and interpersonal skills. They must be able to effectively multitask and able to follow instructions provided by the dentist and others within the practice as well.
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.
For Non-Certified Dental Assistants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $26K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $30K. Non-Certified Dental Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $34K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $35K.