Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Salary (United States)

A Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) earns an average wage of $16.50 per hour. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are CAD/CAM, Leadership, and Order Inventory.
Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Total Pay (?
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$19,752 - $45,330
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MEDIAN: $31,347
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Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Total Pay (?
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$11.34 - $22.68
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,752 - $45,330  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,924  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $3,682  
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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$23,645 - $48,514  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,961
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.34 - $22.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.73  
Overtime
$14.56 - $35.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,924  
   
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $3,682  
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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$23,645 - $48,514  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,961
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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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Gender
Female
96%
female alumni
 
Male
4%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
14%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 38% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 39%
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