Periodontal Assistant Salary

Women account for the majority of Periodontal Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $16.58 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $12.31 per hour and $21.68. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to just over two-fifths, and about a third earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$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.


For many Periodontal Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $32K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $36K on average. Periodontal Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $37K. Periodontal Assistants who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $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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