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 $17.77 per hour on average. In the world of Registered Dental Assistants, overall income ranges from $26K near the bottom to $52K at the top; this can include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by career duration and the particular employer. The majority of Registered Dental Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. In this profession, approximately two in five enjoy medical and dental coverage, and close to a sixth have vision insurance, as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$22,310 - $50,455
$22K
$34K
$50K
MEDIAN: $33,541
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$12.60 - $24.57
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MEDIAN: $17.77
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$22,310 - $50,455  
   
Bonus
$207.19 - $3,566  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $4,000  
Commission
$600  
Total Pay (?
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$26,106 - $51,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 205
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.60 - $24.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.14  
Overtime
$18.36 - $35.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$207.19 - $3,566  
   
Commission
$600  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $4,000  
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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$26,106 - $51,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,079

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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

  • Assist dentist during dental treatment procedures.
  • Maintain office records and supplies and schedule appointments.
  • Teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene.
  • Take and develop patient x-rays, including digital (if certified).
  • Sterilize instruments and equipment.

Common Career Paths for Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)


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Registered Dental Assistants' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Registered Dental Hygienist. The average Registered Dental Hygienist brings home $67K per year. A Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistant or a Dental Hygienist is a typical transition from a Registered Dental Assistant role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Registered Dental Assistants include Family Dental, Pacific Dental Services Incorporated, Western Dental Services, Inc., Family Dental Care, and DDS Inc. Registered Dental Assistants flock to Gentle Dental for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $43K lead the pack in compensation. Other big spenders include Dr. B, Pediatric Dental, and Family Dental, top-paying firms where Registered Dental Assistants see paychecks nearing $41K, $38K, or $38K.

Offering only $31K on average, Western Dental Services, Inc. seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $24K on the lower end and $43K on the higher end. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Family Dental Care ($33K), Western Dental Centers ($33K), and Dental Office ($35K).

Popular Skills for Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)


Survey takers working as Registered Dental Assistants report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, Leadership, Office Administration, and CAD/CAM are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, Spanish Language, and Pediatrics. A tool kit that includes Radiology also typically contains Scheduling and Order Inventory. Most people experienced in Patient Education also know Order Inventory and Scheduling.

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

Pay by Experience for a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) has a positive trend. An entry-level Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 1,348 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 877 salaries. An experienced Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 1,072 salaries. A Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 597 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,263

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For Registered Dental Assistants, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 38 percent greater than the national average. Registered Dental Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Santa Rosa (+24 percent), San Jose (+18 percent), San Diego (+7 percent), and Sacramento (+3 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Houston, 19 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Bakersfield (16 percent lower) and San Antonio (13 percent lower).

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Reviews

Q: 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!

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Key Stats for Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 430 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Salaries

▲22%

▲10%

▲2%

National Average
$37,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Salaries


▲4%


▲3%


Patient Education
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Orthodontics
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Insurance
▼0%

National Average
$37,000

▼1%

▼1%

▼1%

▼1%


▼4%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 430 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
vision benefits
Vision: 16%
no benefits
None: 43%