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Dental Assistant Lead Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Dental Assistant Leads in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $17.31 per hour. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, around one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by just over two-fifths and dental insurance is reported by nearly one-half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,040 - $53,107
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$53K
MEDIAN: $35,499
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50%
90%

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$13.42 - $22.09
(Median)
$13
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $17.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,040 - $53,107  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,993  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $2,645  
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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$28,089 - $47,216  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.42 - $22.09  
   
Overtime
$2.86 - $30.46  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,993  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $2,645  
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).
)
$28,089 - $47,216  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 344
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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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As Dental Assistant Leads transition into upper-level roles such as Dental Office Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Dental Office Managers earn $45K on average per year. It is not unusual for a Dental Assistant Lead to become an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant or a Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistant.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Dental Assistant Leads who took the survey. People Management and Order Inventory are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Order Inventory and People Management are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistant Lead

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $32K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $37K. For Dental Assistant Leads, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $38K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $43K.

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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 13%

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant Lead Salaries

People Management
up arrow 9%

Order Inventory
up arrow 4%

National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 44% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 34%
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