Periodontal Assistant Salary

Most Periodontal Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $16.43 per hour. Pay generally varies between $11.89 per hour and $21.60. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly less than half, and just under one in three earn dental coverage. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$11.89 - $21.60
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$11.89 - $21.60  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $16.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,490  
   
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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$24,527 - $44,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 78
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Job Description for Periodontal Assistant

The Periodontal Assistant can be thought of as very similar to a dental assistant or orthodontic assistant. Periodontal Assistants aid and facilitate the work of a Periodontist. The Periodontal Assistant plays a crucial role in the field, as the Periodontist needs to be focused with the job at hand as opposed to moving around and looking for different instruments, especially when he or she may be performing a surgical procedure.

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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.


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, Periodontal Assistants make a median salary of $36K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $42K.

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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 9%

Job Satisfaction

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

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 47% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 41%
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