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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 $17.27 per hour. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, just over two-fifths have medical insurance and close to one-half receive dental plans. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
$24,348 - $51,412
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MEDIAN: $35,392
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$12.81 - $22.00
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,348 - $51,412  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,015  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $2,600  
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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$26,934 - $47,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.81 - $22.00  
   
Overtime
$3.70 - $30.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,015  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $2,600  
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).
)
$26,934 - $47,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 338
United States (change)

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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At the upper end, Dental Assistant Leads who move into a Dental Office Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Dental Office Managers is $44K per year. It is not uncommon for a Dental Assistant Lead to continue on to become an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant or a Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistant.

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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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $31K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $37K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Dental Assistant Leads make a median salary of $39K. 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.

Dental Assistant Lead Advice

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Experience Affects Dental Assistant Lead Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 45% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 33%