Dental Assistant Lead Salary

Most Dental Assistant Leads in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $17.37 per hour. Some workers in this field — nearly one-third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than two-fifths and dental plans are enjoyed by close to one-half. Job satisfaction for Dental Assistant Leads is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$25,000 - $53,252

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$13.55 - $22.13

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,000 - $53,252  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,020  
Total Pay (?
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$28,584 - $47,256  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.55 - $22.13  
   
Overtime
$2.86 - $30.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,020  
   
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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$28,584 - $47,256  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 337
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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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Dental Assistant Leads who transition into a Dental Office Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $45K per year. Becoming an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant or a Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistant is often the next step for a Dental Assistant Lead.

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Dental Assistant Leads only report a few specific skills. People Management and Office Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 8 percent, respectively. Those with knowledge of Order Inventory tend to be skilled in People Management as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistant Lead

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


For many Dental Assistant Leads, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $32K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $39K in this role. Dental Assistant Leads who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $43K.

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Experience Affects Dental Assistant Lead Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

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%

Office Management
up arrow 8%

Order Inventory
up arrow 3%

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
27%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 45% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 33%
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