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Periodontal Assistant Salary

Most Periodontal Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $16.49 per hour. Pay generally varies between $11.74 per hour and $21.96. A little less than half enjoy medical while just under a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around one in six. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$11.74 - $21.96
MEDIAN: $16.00

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $21.96  
$0.00 - $17.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0.00 - $4,818  
Total Pay (?
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$24,320 - $48,784  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 70
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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.


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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Periodontal Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $31K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $36K. Periodontal Assistants bring in $37K after working for 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the workforce, the average Periodontal Assistant generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $43K.

Experience Affects Periodontal Assistant Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.


97 %
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 46% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 43%