The average pay for a Dental Assistant in Melbourne, Victoria is AU$21.48 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.

AU$19,513 - AU$67,447
AU$20K
AU$36K
AU$67K
MEDIAN: AU$36,256
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50%
90%
AU$17.15 - AU$26.47
AU$17
AU$21
AU$26
MEDIAN: AU$21.50
10%
50%
90%
AU$0AU$67K
Salary AU$19,513 - AU$67,447
Bonus AU$2,000
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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AU$34,812 - AU$55,977
  • Country: Australia
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 11 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 23
Hourly Data AU$0AU$40
Hourly Rate AU$17.15 - AU$26.47
Hourly Tips AU$0.67
Overtime AU$15.35 - AU$40.54
Annual Data AU$0AU$55K
Bonus AU$2,000
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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AU$34,812 - AU$55,977
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 11 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 315

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.

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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$42,000 based on 228 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$49,000 based on 76 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 55 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 24 salaries.

Key Stats for Dental Assistant

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Experience Affects Dental Assistant Salaries

▲17%

▲16%

▲10%

National Average
AU$45,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant Salaries


▲6%

▲5%

▲2%

▲1%

National Average
AU$45,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 3%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
vision benefits
Vision:
no benefits
None: 65%