Most Periodontal Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $17.25 per hour. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Periodontal Assistants. In this profession, nearly one-third enjoy medical and dental coverage, and close to a seventh have vision insurance, as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$13.10 - $20.87
(Median)
$13
$17
$21
MEDIAN: $17.00
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.10 - $20.87  
   
Overtime
$25.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$600  
   
Total Pay (?
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$27,410 - $45,225  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 55
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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.


Periodontal Assistants with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $34K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $35K. Periodontal Assistants bring in $37K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Periodontal Assistants with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $43K.

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Experience Affects Periodontal Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 33%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
medical benefits
Vision: 15%
dental benefits
None: 58%
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