Dental Assistant, Surgical Salary

Women account for the majority of Surgical Dental Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $17.75 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Surgical Dental Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Just over two-fifths report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just over a fifth collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,161 - $53,245
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$32K
$53K
MEDIAN: $32,487
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$13.27 - $23.16
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MEDIAN: $17.65
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$0$53K
Salary $24,161 - $53,245
Bonus $299 - $3,105
Profit Sharing $1,464
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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$27,703 - $49,555
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 26
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $13.27 - $23.16
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $16.54 - $34.23
Annual Data $0$49K
Bonus $299 - $3,105
Profit Sharing $1,464
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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$27,703 - $49,555
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 395

Job Description for Dental Assistant, Surgical

Surgical dental assistants work alongside primary dentists who specialize in surgical procedures. These assistants help prepare patients for procedures and ensure that the area is organized and ready for the oral surgeon; many are also involved in creating x-rays and administering/monitoring anesthetics. Generally, they work with surgeons during these procedures and handle the documentation of surgical notes for patients' records.

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Dental Assistant, Surgical Tasks

  • Document treatment by charting in patient records.
  • Prepare for surgical procedures by organizing surgical instruments and equipment in operating room.
  • Take and develop patient x-rays, including digital.
  • Sterilize instruments and equipment.
  • Assist dentist during dental treatment procedures.

Common Career Paths for Dental Assistant, Surgical


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For Surgical Dental Assistants, progressing to a Dental Hygienist role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Dental Hygienist can earn $64K annually. Surgical Dental Assistants most often move into positions as Oral Surgery Assistants or Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Assistants. Oral Surgery Assistants actually earn $2K less on average, however, and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Assistants earn $3K less per year than Surgical Dental Assistants do.

Dental Assistant, Surgical Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistant, Surgical

Pay by Experience for a Dental Assistant, Surgical has a positive trend. An entry-level Dental Assistant, Surgical with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 85 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dental Assistant, Surgical 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 55 salaries. An experienced Dental Assistant, Surgical which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 64 salaries. A Dental Assistant, Surgical with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 34 salaries.

Dental Assistant, Surgical Reviews

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

Dental Assistant, Surgical in Longmont:
"Stressful, fast paced, being proactive, planning ahead,"
Pros: Being intense. Controlled chaos. Fact paced. Planned and scheduled well.
Cons: The pay.

Dental Assistant, Surgical in Fairborn:
"Real life differs from school requirements."
The best teaching comes from a great dentist, who values your worth.

Dental Assistant, Surgical in Woodbury:
"Be more hands on."
Make sure you work for a great Dentist.

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Key Stats for Dental Assistant, Surgical

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
19%

Experience Affects Dental Assistant, Surgical Salaries

Experienced
▲12%

Late-Career
▲12%

Mid-Career
▲4%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
▼14%

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant, Surgical Salaries

Periodontics
▲13%

Oral Surgery
▼0%

National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 21%
vision benefits
Vision: 14%
no benefits
None: 53%