Dental Assistant Lead Salary

Women account for the majority of Dental Assistant Leads in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $17.40 per hour. While nearly one in three report receiving no health benefits, one-half do receive medical coverage, and close to one-half have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$24,348 - $52,588
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$53K
MEDIAN: $35,858
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$13.37 - $22.27
(Median)
$13
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,348 - $52,588  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,005  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $2,645  
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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$27,912 - $47,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.37 - $22.27  
   
Overtime
$2.86 - $30.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,005  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $2,645  
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).
)
$27,912 - $47,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 344

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Job Description for Dental Assistant Lead

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

Common Career Paths for Dental Assistant Lead


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As Dental Assistant Leads transition into upper-level roles such as Dental Office Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Dental Office Managers earn $44K on average per year. It is not uncommon for a Dental Assistant Lead to continue on to become an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant or a Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistant.

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Dental Assistant Leads report a focused set of job skills. People Management and Order Inventory are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Aptitude in Order Inventory tends to also indicate an understanding of People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistant Lead

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Dental Assistant Leads with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $32K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $37K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Dental Assistant Leads make a median salary of $38K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Dental Assistant Leads with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $42K.

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Experience Affects Dental Assistant Lead Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant Lead Salaries

People Management
up arrow 9%

Order Inventory
up arrow 4%

National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 45% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 33%