The average wage for a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) is AU$22.42 per hour.

AU$18.00 - AU$27.67
AU$18
AU$22
AU$28
MEDIAN: AU$22.33
10%
50%
90%
Hourly Data AU$0AU$27
Hourly Rate AU$18.00 - AU$27.67
Overtime AU$27.00
Annual Data AU$0AU$57K
Total Pay (?
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AU$37,813 - AU$57,547
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 20 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 50

Job Description for Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)

Certified dental assistants increase the efficiency of dentists by preparing the patient for treatment, sterilizing dental instruments, passing instruments to dentists during a procedure, taking and developing radiographs (x-rays), and taking impressions of patients' teeth. Dental assistants have a variety of interpersonal and technical tasks within a dental office and therefore require versatile and adaptive individuals. It is a great professional career for a person who is interested in dental care but does not want to go through more the rigorous training and years of schooling required of dentists or dental hygienists.

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Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) 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.

Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)

Pay by Experience for a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$43,000 based on 27 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$50,000 based on 17 salaries. An experienced Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$51,000 based on 11 salaries. A Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$55,000 based on 6 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: AU$46,445

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Key Stats for Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Experience Affects Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Salaries

▲19%

▲9%

▲8%

National Average
AU$46,000

▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical:
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
vision benefits
Vision:
no benefits
None: 72%