Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) is $16.67 per hour.
Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Salary (?
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$19,765 - $46,310
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MEDIAN: $31,221
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Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Salary (?
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$11.52 - $22.92
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,765 - $46,310  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,747  
Profit Sharing
$299.00 - $3,698  
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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$23,957 - $48,995  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 239
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.52 - $22.92  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.73  
Overtime
$14.67 - $35.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,747  
   
Profit Sharing
$299.00 - $3,698  
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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$23,957 - $48,995  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,463
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Job Description for Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

Registered dental assistants work alongside dentists to provide dental care for patients. Their duties are a mix of patient care, laboratory procedures, and clerical work. Exact responsibilities vary from state to state due to licensing requirements. Some patient-care tasks include setting up and sterilizing instruments, handing instruments to the dentist, preparing the patient for treatment, and educating patients on proper dental care. Many registered dental assistants also process dental x-rays, expose radiography, and perform lab duties such as making teeth casts and temporary crowns. Finally, registered dental assistants frequently work in administrative capacity. This includes scheduling appointments, maintaining patient records, and processing patient bills and payments.
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Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Tasks
  • Take and develop patient x-rays, including digital (if certified).
  • Sterilize instruments and equipment.
  • Teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene.
  • Assist dentist during dental treatment procedures.
  • Maintain office records and supplies and schedule appointments.

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Experience Affects Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Salaries

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$35,000

Skills That Affect Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
96%
female alumni
 
Male
4%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 37% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 40%