Women make up the vast majority of Periodontal Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $17.35 per hour. In this profession, around one in three enjoy medical and dental coverage, and about a seventh have vision insurance, as well. Work is enjoyable for Periodontal Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$30,968 - $50,650
$40K
MEDIAN: $40,000
50%

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$12.75 - $20.92
$13
$17
$21
MEDIAN: $17.35
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$40,000  
   
Bonus
$550  
Total Pay (?
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$26,766 - $45,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.75 - $20.92  
   
Overtime
$25.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$550  
   
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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$26,766 - $45,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 53

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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

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

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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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $34K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $36K. For Periodontal Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $39K. 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 $42K.

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Key Stats for Periodontal Assistant

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
041
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Periodontal Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

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

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 32%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
vision benefits
Vision: 15%
dental benefits
None: 56%
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