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 $17.32 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by just over two-fifths and dental insurance is reported by a little less than half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$25,000 - $53,252
(Median)
$25K
$35K
$53K
MEDIAN: $35,158
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$13.73 - $21.83
(Median)
$14
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,000 - $53,252  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,053  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$28,824 - $46,820  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.73 - $21.83  
   
Overtime
$3.21 - $31.06  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,053  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$28,824 - $46,820  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 349
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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.

Common Career Paths for Dental Assistant Lead


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Though it's uncommon, some Dental Assistant Leads move into roles as Dental Office Managers, where pay is an average $45K per year. A more likely transition for Dental Assistant Leads is Expanded Functions Dental Assistant or Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF).

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Survey takers who work as Dental Assistant Leads typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Office Management, Team Leadership, and Order Inventory are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Radiology. People Management is a skill commonly found among those who know Order Inventory.

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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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. On average, Dental Assistant Leads make $39K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $42K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Dental Assistant Lead Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant Lead Salaries

People Management
up arrow 9%

Team Leadership
up arrow 2%

Office Management
up arrow 2%

Order Inventory
0%

National Average
$37,000

Radiology
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 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
32%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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