$32,531
Avg. Salary
$19.19
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$510

Bonus

$2,035

Profit Sharing

$585

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Certified/Registered Dental Assistant (CDA/RDA) is $19.19 per hour.

The average pay for a Certified/Registered Dental Assistant (CDA/RDA) is $32,531 per year.

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$13.90
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MEDIAN $32,531
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$0$54K
Salary $23,374 - $42,888
Bonus $98.89 - $2,895
Profit Sharing $679 - $2,502
Commission $585
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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$28,510 - $54,899
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 50
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $13.90 - $25.68
Hourly Tips $0.12
Overtime $21.01 - $37.99
Annual Data $0$54K
Bonus $98.89 - $2,895
Commission $585
Profit Sharing $679 - $2,502
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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$28,510 - $54,899
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 619

Job Description

A certified/registered dental assistant (CDA/RDA) performs a wide variety of duties in a dental office. They help the dentist while they provide care to patients, as well as perform preparatory services such as preparing trays and mixing any needed materials. In addition, CDAS/RDAS are in charge of cleaning the area and disposing of used items after patient care is completed. Other tasks performed by the CDA/RDA include helping keep their office clean and hygienic, tracking the availability of supplies, and reordering supplies when they are running low. When X-rays are necessary, the CDA/RDA takes and processes them. CDAs/RDAs are also expected to obtain patient history records and update these records as needed, as well as help maintain machines and perform troubleshooting when problems with machines occur. In smaller practices, the CDA/RDA is often in charge of arranging patient appointments and performing billing as well.

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Common Career Paths


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While not commonly seen, Certified or Registered Dental Assistants who transition into a Registered Dental Hygienist position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Registered Dental Hygienists is $67K per year. A Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistant role is the most common promotion for Certified or Registered Dental Assistants moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $37K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Certified or Registered Dental Assistants is a Dental Assistant Instructor position, where earnings are usually $41K.

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Popular Skills


Certified or Registered Dental Assistants note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, facility with Order Inventory and Orthodontics are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Radiology and Pediatrics. For most people, competency in Oral Surgery indicates knowledge of Pediatrics and Orthodontics.

Pay by Experience Level

Pay by Experience for a Certified/Registered Dental Assistant (CDA/RDA) has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified/Registered Dental Assistant (CDA/RDA) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 117 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified/Registered Dental Assistant (CDA/RDA) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 59 salaries. An experienced Certified/Registered Dental Assistant (CDA/RDA) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 112 salaries. A Certified/Registered Dental Assistant (CDA/RDA) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 72 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,708

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

Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Diego, 5 percent below the national average.

Job Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Certified/Registered Dental Assistant (CDA/RDA)?

Certified/Registered Dental Assistant (CDA/RDA):
Dr. B’s Office does 90% prophylaxis and Dr. B does all of the prophies. Before he starts with the prophy he wants his assistants to polished the patient’ teeth before he cleans them with a cavitron water tip scaler which is polishing before removing the plaque is against the regulation. Also, his office is highly contaminated as.

Certified/Registered Dental Assistant (CDA/RDA) in Woodland:
Pros: Latin community
Cons:

Certified/Registered Dental Assistant (CDA/RDA) in San Francisco:
"I like it."
Pros: Convenience to my house and kids school
Cons:

Certified/Registered Dental Assistant (CDA/RDA) in Oswego:
"Nice city, reasonable commute."
Pros: It's rural
Cons: Snow

Certified/Registered Dental Assistant (CDA/RDA) in Canyon Country:
"Beautiful community and weather."
Pros: Nice environment, great people
Cons: New dentists coming into area. Dental insurance taking over fees and payments schedules.

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Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 118 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
25%

How Experience Affects Salaries

▲15%

▲5%

National Average
$40,000

▼3%

▼18%

How Skills Affect Salaries

Order Inventory
▲33%

▲4%

National Average
$40,000

Oral Surgery
▼3%

▼4%

▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 118 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 21%
no benefits
None: 47%