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 $17.16 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by years of experience and location. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, more than a third have medical insurance and around two in five receive dental plans. For the most part, Dental Assistant Leads enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$28,906 - $43,278
$29K
$35K
$43K
MEDIAN: $35,159
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50%
90%

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$13.61 - $21.79
$14
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $17.16
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$28,906 - $43,278  
   
Bonus
$122.34 - $3,677  
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
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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$28,800 - $47,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.61 - $21.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.89  
Overtime
$19.32 - $32.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$122.34 - $3,677  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
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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$28,800 - $47,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 293

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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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Dental Assistant Leads who advance into the role of a Dental Office Manager are fairly uncommon. Dental Office Managers on average earn $45K per year. However, becoming a Expanded Functions Dental Assistant or Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistant is a more frequent transition for Dental Assistant Leads.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Assistant Lead


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Pacific Dental Services Incorporated offers the most; Dental Assistant Leads earn $43K on average there.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistant Lead

Pay by Experience for a Dental Assistant Lead has a positive trend. An entry-level Dental Assistant Lead with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 123 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dental Assistant Lead with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 100 salaries. An experienced Dental Assistant Lead which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 84 salaries. A Dental Assistant Lead with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 33 salaries.

Dental Assistant Lead Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Dental Assistant Lead?

Dental Assistant Lead in Malone:
"More than just a job."
Pros: Knowing that at the end of the day, the kids we treat are no longer in pain. It is not a monotonous job. The people I work with are getting better at time management.
Cons: Not getting compensated what I originally asked for in pay and having additional duties assigned to me.

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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.
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Dental Assistant Lead Salaries

▲18%

▲9%

▲2%

National Average
$36,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant Lead Salaries

Training
▲23%

Organizing
▲11%

People Management
▲9%

Oral Surgery
▲4%

Office Management
▲4%


National Average
$36,000

Order Inventory
▼2%

Scheduling
▼2%

Radiology
▼2%

Customer Service
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 23%
no benefits
None: 45%
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