Oral Surgery Assistant Salary

Oral Surgery Assistants in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $17.35 per hour for pay. With some bonuses approaching $2K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of Oral Surgery Assistants spread between $26K and $49K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly one-half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and around one in four collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$22,041 - $49,715
(Median)
$22K
$33K
$50K
MEDIAN: $32,518
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$12.49 - $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
$22,041 - $49,715  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,383  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $5,872  
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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$25,770 - $48,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 73
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.49 - $22.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$15.95 - $36.25  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,383  
   
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $5,872  
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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$25,770 - $48,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 848
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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' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Surgical Dental Assistant. Median pay for Surgical Dental Assistants is $34K.

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Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — Associates In Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery offers the lowest median salary at $36K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $29K and $54K.


Survey takers who work as Oral Surgery Assistants usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Anesthesia, Oral Surgery, and Radiology 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.


Oral Surgery Assistants do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $32K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $37K. Oral Surgery Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $41K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $43K, 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 17%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Oral Surgery Assistant Salaries

Anesthesia
up arrow 3%

Oral Surgery
up arrow 2%

Radiology
up arrow 1%

National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 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
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 51%
dental benefits
Dental: 24%
medical benefits
Vision: 14%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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