Oral Surgery Assistant Salary

Women comprise the majority of Oral Surgery Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $17.35 per hour on average. In the world of Oral Surgery Assistants, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $6K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $26K and $49K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but career duration and the specific company are influential factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Oral Surgery Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one-half, and close to one-fourth earn dental coverage.

$22,041 - $49,715
(Median)
$22K
$33K
$50K
MEDIAN: $32,518
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$12.49 - $22.66
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$22,041 - $49,715  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,383  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $5,872  
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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$25,770 - $48,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 73
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.49 - $22.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$15.95 - $36.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,383  
   
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $5,872  
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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$25,770 - $48,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 848
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Job Description for Oral Surgery Assistant

An oral surgery assistant works with oral surgeons, dentists, and periodontists in clinical situations where oral surgery (beyond procedures such as fillings, examinations, and x-rays) is frequently performed. The assistant not only aids the surgeon in performing his or her duties, but also works closely with the patient to make the procedure as comfortable and safe as possible. The oral surgery assistant helps prepare and sterilize all necessary instruments for the surgeon or dentist. The assistant also helps maintain a clean, inviting, and organized work area and facility. They not only assist the doctor during surgical procedures, but also make note of any specific instructions or procedures to be communicated to the patient during or after the surgery.

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Oral Surgery Assistant Tasks

  • Inform patients on pre-op and post-op instructions.
  • Assist surgeon with general anesthesia and IV sedation procedures.
  • Maintain patient's vital statistics and intravenous fluids during surgery.
  • Document treatment by charting in patient records.
  • Provide diagnostic information through x-rays, dental impressions and casts.

Common Career Paths for Oral Surgery Assistant


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Oral Surgery Assistants who go on to become Surgical Dental Assistants may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Surgical Dental Assistant, an upper-level role, pays $34K.

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Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $54K, Associates In Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $36K, the lowest in the field.


Survey takers who work as Oral Surgery Assistants report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Anesthesia, Oral Surgery, and Radiology can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Experience with Anesthesia is often linked with knowledge of Oral Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Oral Surgery Assistant

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. 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. Oral Surgery Assistants see a median salary of $41K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $43K.

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What is it like working as an Oral Surgery Assistant?

Oral Surgery Assistant in Londonderry:
"Fast Paced Dental."
Pros: I love helping patients. Making them feel calm and reassure them everything is okay.
Cons: I don't always get lunch. We work 10+ hrs a day which isn't always over time.

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Experience Affects Oral Surgery Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Oral Surgery Assistant Salaries

Anesthesia
up arrow 3%

Oral Surgery
up arrow 2%

Radiology
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National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 51%
dental benefits
Dental: 24%
medical benefits
Vision: 14%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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