Women comprise the majority of Dental Assistant Leads in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $16.98 per hour on average. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though career duration and geography have a (lesser) impact as well. While more than two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, just over two-fifths do receive medical coverage, and about two-fifths have dental, as well. Most Dental Assistant Leads like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$29,233 - $54,738
$29K
$37K
$55K
MEDIAN: $37,000
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$13.69 - $21.70
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MEDIAN: $16.98
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,233 - $54,738  
   
Bonus
$127.66 - $3,523  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$28,954 - $46,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.69 - $21.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.89  
Overtime
$19.53 - $32.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$127.66 - $3,523  
   
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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$28,954 - $46,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 283

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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

  • Assist dentist during dental treatment procedures.
  • Leads team in the dental services of the department.
  • Monitor and prioritize workflow of the dental assistants.
  • Maintain office records and supplies and schedule appointments.
  • Teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene.

Common Career Paths for Dental Assistant Lead


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While Dental Assistant Leads do not often become Dental Office Managers, the job pays $45K per year on average. More commonly, Dental Assistant Leads become Expanded Functions Dental Assistants or Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Assistant Lead


Pacific Dental Services Incorporated offers the largest salaries in town — $43K on average.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistant Lead

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


Dental Assistant Leads do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $33K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $37K. For Dental Assistant Leads, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $39K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Dental Assistant Lead generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $42K.

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Key Stats for Dental Assistant Lead

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.
032
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Dental Assistant Lead Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant Lead Salaries

Training
up arrow 24%

Organizing
up arrow 12%

People Management
up arrow 10%

Office Management
up arrow 5%


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National Average
$36,000

Radiology
up arrow 1%

Scheduling
up arrow 6%

Customer Service
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 24%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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