Dental Assistant Lead Salary
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.
|Salary||$29,233 - $54,738|
|Bonus||$127.66 - $3,523|
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|$28,954 - $46,633|
|Hourly Rate||$13.69 - $21.70|
|Overtime||$19.53 - $32.08|
|Bonus||$127.66 - $3,523|
|Total Pay (||$28,954 - $46,633|
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.Read More...
Like all dental assistants, the lead is expected to assist dentists with procedures on patients such as taking and developing X-rays, routine cleanings, and helping to administer local anesthetics. Duties may also include preparing examination rooms and ensuring the proper sterilization of instruments, as well as informing the dentists of appointment overruns and waiting room statuses.
Lead dental assistants are typically tasked with training newly hired assistants and demonstrating procedures and standard operations within the clinic. They may also be responsible for scheduling enough assistants to properly staff the facility each day, and their input is usually sought by the dentists when reviewing performance of other office personnel. The lead assistant is also expected to report any problems with staff related to proper procedures and discipline so they may be addressed promptly.
To work as a lead dental assistant, a person must be trained and certified in the field, which can be done at vocational schools and community colleges with dental assistant programs which may be available to anyone with a high school diploma. Practical experience of at least three to five years in a clinical environment is also required for this position, and most lead dental assistants work 40 hours per week or more in a dental clinic environment.
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.
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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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