What am I worth?
Get a free salary report »
What should I pay?
Pay the right way »

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Salary

Women comprise the majority of Registered Dental Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $17.04 per hour on average. Total cash compensation to Registered Dental Assistants approaches anywhere from $25K on the lower end to $49K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2K from bonuses and upwards of $4K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though the particular city and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. More than a third enjoy medical while more than two-fifths get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one in eight. Most Registered Dental Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$19,782 - $49,014
(Median)
$20K
$33K
$49K
MEDIAN: $32,629
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$11.92 - $23.19
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,782 - $49,014  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,930  
Profit Sharing
$309.97 - $3,898  
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).
)
$24,799 - $49,462  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 217
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $23.19  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.73  
Overtime
$14.49 - $35.88  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,930  
   
Profit Sharing
$309.97 - $3,898  
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).
)
$24,799 - $49,462  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,504

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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.

Common Career Paths for Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


For Registered Dental Assistants, progressing to a Registered Dental Hygienist role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Registered Dental Hygienist can earn $67K annually. A Registered Dental Assistant may also move into a role as a Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistant or a Dental Hygienist.

Dental Assistant Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)


Family Dental, Pacific Dental Services Incorporated, Western Dental Services, Inc., Family Dental Care, and Western Dental Centers are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Registered Dental Assistants. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, DDS Inc. offers the most; Registered Dental Assistants earn $46K on average there.

Offering only $28K on average, Western Dental Centers seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $21K on the lower end and $43K on the higher end.

Popular Skills for Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Leadership, Periodontics, Order Inventory, and CAD/CAM are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 7 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office. Those educated in Patient Education tend to be well versed in Order Inventory and Scheduling.

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Registered Dental Assistants, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $30K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $37K. Registered Dental Assistants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $40K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $43K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Registered Dental Assistants, San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego, three California cities, are home to the highest salaries in the United States, all offering a rate above the national average. Registered Dental Assistants in San Antonio take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 20 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 20 percent less in Fort Worth and 14 percent less in Nashville, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Reviews

What is it like working as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)?

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) in Halifax:
"I love being an assistant."
Pros: I like helping people and making them feel good about themselves and being able to put a smile on there face:)
Cons: It is sometimes difficult to find a good Dentist to work with!

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Experience Affects Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Salaries





up arrow 5%

Oral Surgery
up arrow 3%

Office Administration
up arrow 3%

Insurance
up arrow 3%

Scheduling
up arrow 2%

Radiology
up arrow 1%

Patient Education
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

Pediatrics
0%

National Average
$36,000

Spanish Language
up arrow 2%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 554 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 37% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 41%
ADVERTISEMENT