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 $17.57 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.
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
- 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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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.