Dental Assistant Lead Salary

Dental Assistant Leads in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $17.32 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than a third lack any form of coverage — but more than two-fifths have medical insurance, and just under a half have dental, too. For the most part, Dental Assistant Leads enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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

  • 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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While Dental Assistant Leads do not often become Dental Office Managers, the job pays $45K per year on average. It is more probable, however, that Dental Assistant Leads become Expanded Functions Dental Assistants or Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants.

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Dental Assistant Leads note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Office Management, Team Leadership, and Order Inventory are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Radiology. Employees educated in Order Inventory are typically practiced in People Management, too.

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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $32K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $37K. Dental Assistant Leads bring in $39K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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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