Periodontal Assistant Salary

Most Periodontal Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $16.40 per hour. Earnings sit near $11.91 per hour on the lower side but can approach $21.56 on the higher side. Medical benefits are awarded to a little less than half, and just under one in three earn dental coverage. Though the majority of Periodontal Assistants do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$11.91 - $21.56

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$11.91 - $21.56  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $16.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,490  
   
Total Pay (?
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$24,556 - $44,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 79
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Job Description for Periodontal Assistant

A periodontal assistant aids a doctor in a dental practice that deals with the maintenance of structures that help support teeth, such as bones, gums, and tissues. During treatments, the periodontal assistant will aid the dentist by handing necessary tools to him or her. The assistant may also directly assist with treatment by cleaning or operating necessary tools.

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Periodontal Assistant Tasks

  • Assist with removal of hardened plaque below the gum line.
  • Assist dentist with periodontal treatment.
  • Teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene.
  • Assist with cleaning deep gum pockets.

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Pay by Experience Level for Periodontal Assistant

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $31K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $37K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Periodontal Assistants see a median salary of $36K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $42K on average.

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Experience Affects Periodontal Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 46% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 42%
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