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Dental Assistant Lead Salary

The larger portion of Dental Assistant Leads in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $17.33 per hour. While some workers in this profession — roughly one in three — do not have any health coverage, just over two-fifths do receive medical benefits and approximately one-half have dental insurance. Most Dental Assistant Leads like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$24,126 - $52,969
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$53K
MEDIAN: $35,818
10%
50%
90%

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$13.43 - $22.17
(Median)
$13
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,126 - $52,969  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,007  
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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$28,120 - $47,329  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.43 - $22.17  
   
Overtime
$2.86 - $30.46  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,007  
   
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).
)
$28,120 - $47,329  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 346

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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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Dental Assistant Leads who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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. Dental Assistant Leads see a median salary of $39K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $42K.

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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%

Order Inventory
up arrow 4%

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
28%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 44% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 34%
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