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Oral Surgery Assistant Salary

Most Oral Surgery Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $17.18 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction for Oral Surgery Assistants is high. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one-half, and somewhere between a fifth and a fourth earn dental coverage.
$22,073 - $51,212
(Median)
$22K
$36K
$51K
MEDIAN: $36,258
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$12.01 - $22.64
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$22,073 - $51,212  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,914  
Profit Sharing
$1,474 - $4,913  
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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$25,063 - $49,063  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 55
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.01 - $22.64  
   
Overtime
$8.71 - $35.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,914  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,474 - $4,913  
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).
)
$25,063 - $49,063  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 548
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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.

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Oral Surgery Assistants who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Oral Surgery and Anesthesia are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. 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.


For Oral Surgery Assistants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $31K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $38K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. Oral Surgery Assistants who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $42K on average.

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 17%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Oral Surgery Assistant Salaries

Oral Surgery
up arrow 3%

Anesthesia
up arrow 3%

National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 23%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 46%