A Dental Assistant in Brisbane, Queensland earns an average wage of AU$22.51 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. For the first five to ten years in this position, wages increase somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.

AU$28,187 - AU$58,536
AU$28K
AU$45K
AU$59K
MEDIAN: AU$44,505
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50%
90%
AU$17.88 - AU$26.50
AU$18
AU$23
AU$27
MEDIAN: AU$22.51
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50%
90%
AU$0AU$58K
Salary AU$28,187 - AU$58,536
Bonus AU$1,250
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$37,120 - AU$56,488
  • Country: Australia
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 18 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 26
Hourly Data AU$0AU$40
Hourly Rate AU$17.88 - AU$26.50
Overtime AU$23.03 - AU$40.75
Annual Data AU$0AU$56K
Bonus AU$1,250
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$37,120 - AU$56,488
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: AUD
  • Updated: 18 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 241

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$45,000 based on 181 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$51,000 based on 81 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$53,000 based on 35 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$54,000 based on 10 salaries.

Key Stats for Dental Assistant

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Experience Affects Dental Assistant Salaries

▲15%

▲12%

▲9%

National Average
AU$47,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant Salaries



Oral Surgery
▼0%

National Average
AU$47,000

▼1%

▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 1%
dental benefits
Dental: 27%
vision benefits
Vision:
no benefits
None: 73%