Oral Surgery Assistant Salary

Oral Surgery Assistants in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $17.13 per hour. In the world of Oral Surgery Assistants, total cash compensation can vary between $25K and $49K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $2K and $6K, respectively. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Oral Surgery Assistants is high. Close to one-half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about one in four collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$22,301 - $50,355
(Median)
$22K
$34K
$50K
MEDIAN: $33,862
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90%

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$12.22 - $22.66
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$22,301 - $50,355  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,935  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $5,960  
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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$25,396 - $48,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 68
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.22 - $22.66  
   
Overtime
$11.15 - $35.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,935  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $5,960  
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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$25,396 - $48,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 675
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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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For Oral Surgery Assistants, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Oral Surgery Assistants earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Surgical Dental Assistant.

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Job skills reported by Oral Surgery Assistants are limited. Radiology and Anesthesia are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 4 percent and 3 percent, respectively. It is not unusual for someone who knows Anesthesia to be familiar with Oral Surgery as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Oral Surgery Assistant

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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $31K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $37K. Oral Surgery Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $41K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $43K.

Oral Surgery Assistant Reviews

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 19%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Oral Surgery Assistant Salaries

Radiology
up arrow 4%

Anesthesia
up arrow 3%

Oral Surgery
up arrow 2%

National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 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
25%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 25%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 46%
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