Women make up the vast majority of Oral Surgery Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $17.57 per hour. In the world of Oral Surgery Assistants, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $4K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $27K and $50K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by experience level and the particular employer. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly more than half, and close to a fourth earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$24,771 - $49,336
(Median)
$25K
$35K
$49K
MEDIAN: $34,697
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50%
90%

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$13.25 - $23.29
(Median)
$13
$18
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,771 - $49,336  
   
Bonus
$254.03 - $3,898  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $9,787  
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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$27,448 - $49,692  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 43
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.25 - $23.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$19.93 - $39.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$254.03 - $3,898  
   
Profit Sharing
$511 - $9,787  
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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$27,448 - $49,692  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 644
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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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Many Oral Surgery Assistants move into a Surgical Dental Assistant role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Surgical Dental Assistants on average bring in a similar salary to Oral Surgery Assistants.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Oral Surgery Assistant


Oral Surgery Group, Inc offers the largest salaries in town — $43K on average.

The consistently lowest paying firm is Associates In Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, where the median salary is just $36K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $29K to $54K.

Pay by Experience Level for Oral Surgery Assistant

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Oral Surgery Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $33K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $37K. For Oral Surgery Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $41K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $44K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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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 19%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Oral Surgery Assistant Salaries

Recovery / Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
up arrow 21%

Post Anesthesia Care
up arrow 17%

Patient Education
up arrow 16%

Anesthesia
up arrow 4%

Oral Surgery
up arrow 2%

National Average
$37,000

Radiology
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
medical benefits
Vision: 18%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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