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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 $17.15 per hour. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Around half enjoy medical while one in four get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one in seven. Work is enjoyable for Oral Surgery Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$22,073 - $50,550
(Median)
$22K
$33K
$51K
MEDIAN: $33,381
10%
50%
90%

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$12.17 - $22.63
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$22,073 - $50,550  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,532  
Profit Sharing
$1,474 - $4,500  
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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$25,357 - $48,755  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 65
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.17 - $22.63  
   
Overtime
$11.23 - $35.46  
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.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,532  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,474 - $4,500  
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).
)
$25,357 - $48,755  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 639

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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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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.

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Oral Surgery Assistants who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Those who have experience with Radiology, Anesthesia, and Oral Surgery can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Aptitude in Anesthesia tends to also indicate an understanding of Oral Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Oral Surgery Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $31K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $38K. Oral Surgery Assistants see a median salary of $41K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 3%

Anesthesia
up arrow 3%

National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
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%
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