Women account for the majority of Dental Assistant Leads in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $16.99 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but career duration and geography are influential factors as well. Although more than two-fifths lack health benefits of any kind, roughly two in five do enjoy medical insurance, and two in five get dental coverage, too. Work is enjoyable for Dental Assistant Leads, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,100 - $45,564
(Median)
$30K
$39K
$46K
MEDIAN: $38,650
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$13.64 - $21.63
(Median)
$14
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$30,100 - $45,564  
   
Bonus
$290.87 - $2,553  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$28,947 - $46,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.64 - $21.63  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.89  
Overtime
$18.81 - $31.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$290.87 - $2,553  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$28,947 - $46,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 273
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Job Description for Dental Assistant Lead

Lead dental assistants work with other dental assistants in a large practice or clinic. They are expected to handle all regular duties assigned to other dental assistants, but also handle supervisory and administrative tasks, such as developing staff schedules and handling time-off requests. They may also oversee aspects of customer service and handle patients' suggestions, feedback, and complaints. The lead assistant also acts as a go-between for dentists and dental assistants and shares feedback from both sides to help improve the facility's practices.

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Dental Assistant Lead Tasks

  • 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.

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While Dental Assistant Leads do not often become Dental Office Managers, the job pays $45K per year on average. A more likely transition for Dental Assistant Leads is Expanded Functions Dental Assistant or Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF).

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Dental Assistant Leads flock to Pacific Dental Services Incorporated for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $43K lead the pack in compensation.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistant Lead

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


For Dental Assistant Leads, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $32K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $37K. Dental Assistant Leads with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $40K. 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 $43K.

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Experience Affects Dental Assistant Lead Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant Lead Salaries

Training
up arrow 24%

Organizing
up arrow 12%

People Management
up arrow 8%

Office Management
up arrow 4%

Order Inventory
0%

Team Leadership
0%

National Average
$36,000

Customer Service
up arrow 7%

Radiology
up arrow 9%

Scheduling
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
medical benefits
Vision: 24%
dental benefits
None: 44%
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