Oral Surgery Assistant Salary
Women make up the vast majority of Oral Surgery Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $17.62 per hour. In the world of Oral Surgery Assistants, overall income ranges from $28K near the bottom to $50K at the top; this can include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A little over a half enjoy medical while close to a fourth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under a fifth. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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.Read More...
In many clinics, the oral surgery assistant performs key duties related to working with patients. These may include administration of local anesthetics prior to a procedure, as well as tending to and removing dressings and sutures as needed. The assistant’s post-operative role normally includes giving patients specific instructions for care and management as required.
Typically, the educational requirement for oral surgery assistant includes a high school diploma or equivalent. In most clinical practices, a candidate for this job must also have technical or vocational school training with an associate’s degree. To work as an oral surgery assistant, one or more state certifications are needed and must be kept up to date. An oral surgery assistant typically works in a clinical environment during regular business hours.
Oral Surgery Assistant Tasks
- Document treatment by charting in patient records.
- Provide diagnostic information through x-rays, dental impressions and casts.
- Maintain surgical equipment.
- Inform patients on pre-op and post-op instructions.
- Assist surgeon with general anesthesia and IV sedation procedures.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Oral Surgery Assistant
Those at Oral Surgery Group, Inc can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $42K.
For Oral Surgery Assistants, below-average salaries can be found at Associates In Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; in fact, average earnings are around $36K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($29K versus $54K) is great.
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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $34K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $38K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. As Oral Surgery Assistants reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $44K.
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