Periodontal Assistant Salary

Women comprise the majority of Periodontal Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $16.58 per hour on average. Earnings generally vary between $12.31 per hour and $21.68. Just over two-fifths enjoy medical while around one in three get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly a seventh. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12.31 - $21.68
(Median)
$12
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$12.31 - $21.68  
   
Overtime
$16.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,479  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
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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$25,140 - $44,829  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $32K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $36K. On average, Periodontal Assistants make $37K following one to two decades on the job. As Periodontal Assistants reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $43K.

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Experience Affects Periodontal Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 44%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
medical benefits
Vision: 14%
dental benefits
None: 44%
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