Oral Surgery Assistant Salary

Most Oral Surgery Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $17.87 per hour. Total cash compensation to Oral Surgery Assistants bottoms out near $28K and approaches $51K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $4K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. While experience level and the specific company impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. For the most part, Oral Surgery Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and somewhere between a fifth and a fourth collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$24,730 - $49,417
$25K
$37K
$49K
MEDIAN: $36,856
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50%
90%

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$13.49 - $24.14
$13
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.87
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$0$51K
Salary $24,730 - $49,417
Bonus $258.77 - $3,551
Profit Sharing $498.33 - $9,696
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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$28,090 - $51,183
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 41
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $13.49 - $24.14
Overtime $20.76 - $37.83
Annual Data $0$51K
Bonus $258.77 - $3,551
Profit Sharing $498.33 - $9,696
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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$28,090 - $51,183
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 621

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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

  • Document treatment by charting in patient records
  • Provide diagnostic information through x-rays, dental impressions and casts
  • Assist surgeon with general anesthesia and IV sedation procedures
  • Maintain patient's vital statistics and intravenous fluids during surgery
  • Maintain surgical equipment

Common Career Paths for Oral Surgery Assistant


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Oral Surgery Assistants who go on to become Surgical Dental Assistants may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Surgical Dental Assistant, an upper-level role, pays $34K.

Oral Surgery Assistant Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Oral Surgery Assistant


Oral Surgery Group, Inc leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $42K.

Offering only $36K on average, Associates In Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $29K on the lower end and $54K on the higher end.

Pay by Experience Level for Oral Surgery Assistant

Pay by Experience for an Oral Surgery Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Oral Surgery Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 330 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Oral Surgery Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 199 salaries. An experienced Oral Surgery Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 169 salaries. An Oral Surgery Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 90 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,762

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Oral Surgery Assistants will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 65 percent. Oral Surgery Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+16 percent) and Seattle (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Jacksonville is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Detroit (14 percent lower) and Austin (13 percent lower).

Oral Surgery Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Oral Surgery Assistant?

Oral Surgery Assistant in Longmont:
"Intense."
Pros: Fast paced, high stress, thinking fast and being efficient.
Cons: The pay, on your feet all day, doctors are high stress.

Oral Surgery Assistant in Pensacola:
"Very rewarding."
Pros: Being a care giver, my patients.
Cons: Long hours, no lunch.

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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Key Stats for Oral Surgery Assistant

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Oral Surgery Assistant Salaries

▲16%

▲9%

▲2%

National Average
$38,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Oral Surgery Assistant Salaries

Recovery / Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
▲18%

Post Anesthesia Care
▲14%

Patient Education
▲13%

▲3%

▲1%

National Average
$38,000

Radiology
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 23%
vision benefits
Vision: 20%
no benefits
None: 41%
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