Oral Surgery Assistant Salary

Oral Surgery Assistants in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $17.11 per hour for pay. Total cash compensation for Oral Surgery Assistants runs from $25K to $49K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $2K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to about one-half, and nearly one in four earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,387 - $50,420

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$12.24 - $22.80

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,387 - $50,420  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,750  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $5,960  
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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$25,474 - $48,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 67
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.24 - $22.80  
   
Overtime
$13.32 - $36.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,750  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $5,960  
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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$25,474 - $48,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 695
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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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Many Oral Surgery Assistants move into a Surgical Dental Assistant role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Surgical Dental Assistants on average bring in a similar salary to Oral Surgery Assistants.

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Survey takers who work as Oral Surgery Assistants usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Radiology, Anesthesia, and Oral Surgery can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Oral Surgery is a skill commonly found among those who know Anesthesia.

Pay by Experience Level for Oral Surgery Assistant

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


For Oral Surgery Assistants, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $31K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $37K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Oral Surgery Assistants make a median salary of $41K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $43K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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 19%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Oral Surgery Assistant Salaries

Radiology
up arrow 4%

Anesthesia
up arrow 3%

Oral Surgery
up arrow 2%

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
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 49% dental benefits Dental: 25%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 47%
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