Dental Assistant Lead Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Dental Assistant Leads in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $17.33 per hour. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately one-third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by slightly less than one-half and dental coverage is claimed by approximately half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,292 - $52,838
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$53K
MEDIAN: $35,505
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50%
90%

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$13.52 - $22.01
(Median)
$14
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $17.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,292 - $52,838  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,017  
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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$28,363 - $47,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.52 - $22.01  
   
Overtime
$2.86 - $30.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,017  
   
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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$28,363 - $47,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 342
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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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Dental Assistant Leads' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Dental Office Manager. The average Dental Office Manager brings home $45K per year. Becoming an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant or a Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistant is often the next step for a Dental Assistant Lead.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Dental Assistant Leads who took the survey. Those familiar with People Management, Office Management and Order Inventory will likely experience a boost in pay, earning between 3 percent to 9 percent above the national average. Many workers who know Order Inventory also know People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistant Lead

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


For many Dental Assistant Leads, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $32K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $37K. Dental Assistant Leads with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $38K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $42K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Dental Assistant Lead Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant Lead Salaries

People Management
up arrow 9%

Office Management
up arrow 9%

Order Inventory
up arrow 3%

National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 46% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 33%
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