AU$22.58
Avg. Hourly Rate
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A Dental Assistant earns an average wage of AU$22.25 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. For the first five to ten years in this position, wages increase modestly, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. A skill in RADIOGRAPHY is associated with high pay for this job.

AU$22,550 - AU$57,173
AU$23K
AU$41K
AU$57K
MEDIAN: AU$40,611
10%
50%
90%
AU$17.76 - AU$26.91
AU$18
AU$23
AU$27
MEDIAN: AU$22.58
10%
50%
90%
AU$0AU$57K
Salary AU$22,550 - AU$57,173
Bonus AU$0.00 - AU$2,048
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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AU$36,077 - AU$56,637
  • Country: Australia
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 14 Jul 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 205
Hourly Data AU$0AU$40
Hourly Rate AU$17.76 - AU$26.91
Hourly Tips AU$0.67
Overtime AU$19.71 - AU$40.56
Annual Data AU$0AU$56K
Bonus AU$0.00 - AU$2,048
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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AU$36,077 - AU$56,637
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 14 Jul 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,562

Job Description for Dental Assistant

A dental assistant's duties include hands-on work with dental patients, assisting the dentist, and/or performing clerical functions in a dental clinic. Depending on an individual’s certification and goals, any of these are possible job tasks. If an individual would like hands-on work in the dentist’s office, their duties may include prepping the patient for a particular operation; this particular duty would involve knowledge of the teeth and most dental procedures. The dental assistant would then assist the dentist in performing the operation, and do such things as handing the dentist the required tools and providing secondary support. This kind of job usually entails working one-on-one with the dentist, and requires good communication skills.

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Dental Assistant 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.

Dental Assistant Pay By Employer

$0$51K

Aspen Dental
95 profiles
$27,584

Dental Group Ltd
66 profiles
$34,388

Family Dental
55 profiles
$31,070

$31,513

DDS Inc.
34 profiles
$32,672

$32,981

Pediatric Dental
32 profiles
$29,449

Gentle Dental
31 profiles
$30,189

Dr. B
30 profiles
$37,440

Comfort Dental
25 profiles
$27,778

Common Career Paths for Dental Assistant


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Popular Skills for Dental Assistant

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Dental Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Dental Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$44,000 based on 1,839 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dental Assistant 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 742 salaries. An experienced Dental Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$52,000 based on 437 salaries. A Dental Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$52,000 based on 189 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: AU$46,950

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

Dental Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Dental Assistant?

Dental Assistant in Wagga Wagga:
"Carissas review."
Pros: The team I work with...supportive and pleasant and great communicators . They create a happy workplace.
Cons: I would like more input into sterilisation procedures.

Dental Assistant in Cairns:
"Busy."
Pros: Diversity of role.
Cons: Running late with appointments.

Dental Assistant in Perth:
"I feel I am underpaid for what I do."
Pros: I enjoy providing patient carr for people and helping people and managing their anxiety about coming to the dentist.
Cons: Feeling like I do alot and dont get paid for the amound I do.

Dental Assistant in Canberra:
"Work flexibility, free parking, corporate uniform."
Pros: Work flexibility, free parking, corporate uniform, helping the patients.
Cons: Unhygienic boss.

Dental Assistant in Nambour:
Pros: I love dental I find it so interesting.
Cons: Stressful, made to do things which I feel uncomfortable doing, late nights and no overtime.

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Key Stats for Dental Assistant

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Experience Affects Dental Assistant Salaries

▲12%

▲11%

▲6%

National Average
AU$47,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 2%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
vision benefits
Vision: 1%
no benefits
None: 69%