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Oral Surgery Assistant Salary

The larger portion of Oral Surgery Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $17.13 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one in four collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$22,562 - $50,810
(Median)
$23K
$35K
$51K
MEDIAN: $35,318
10%
50%
90%

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$12.13 - $22.62
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$22,562 - $50,810  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,512  
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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$25,303 - $48,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.13 - $22.62  
   
Overtime
$11.00 - $35.31  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,512  
   
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).
)
$25,303 - $48,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 616

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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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Oral Surgery Assistants who took the survey. Those who have experience with Radiology, Oral Surgery, and Anesthesia can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those with knowledge of Anesthesia tend to be skilled in 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $31K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $37K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Oral Surgery Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $41K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income 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 18%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

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%

Oral Surgery
up arrow 2%

Anesthesia
up arrow 2%

National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 25%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 45%