An Entry-Level Dental Assistant earns an average wage of AU$20.97 per hour.

AU$20,459 - AU$52,810
AU$20K
AU$38K
AU$53K
MEDIAN: AU$38,289
10%
50%
90%
AU$16.84 - AU$25.23
AU$17
AU$21
AU$25
MEDIAN: AU$20.99
10%
50%
90%
AU$0AU$52K
Salary AU$20,459 - AU$52,810
Bonus AU$0.00 - AU$1,957
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$34,243 - AU$52,900
  • Country: Australia
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 17 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 163
Hourly Data AU$0AU$38
Hourly Rate AU$16.84 - AU$25.23
Hourly Tips AU$0.67
Overtime AU$19.59 - AU$38.82
Annual Data AU$0AU$52K
Bonus AU$0.00 - AU$1,957
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$34,243 - AU$52,900
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 17 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,682

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 Job Listings

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: AU$43,598

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

Dental Assistant Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Dental Assistant in Sydney:
Be honest in all you do. Work Hard and leave any non-work drama at the door.

Key Stats for Dental Assistant

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
75%
5-9 years
12%

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant Salaries




▲4%

▲2%

▲2%


▲1%

sterilisation
▼0%

National Average
AU$44,000

▼1%

▼1%

▼1%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 2%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
vision benefits
Vision: 1%
no benefits
None: 66%