Average Dental Assistant Hourly Pay

$16.23
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$695
Bonus
$1,000
Commission
$1,233
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The average hourly pay for a Dental Assistant is $16.23.
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$11.95
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$16.23
90%
$22.13
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Hourly Rate
$12 - $22
Bonus
$190 - $2,929
Profit Sharing
$204 - $3,982
Commission
$72 - $5,152
Total Pay
$24,928 - $46,686
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What Do Dental Assistants Do?

Job Satisfaction for Dental Assistant

3.8 out of 5
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The top respondents for the job title Dental Assistant are from the companies Aspen Dental, Dental Group Ltd and Family Dental. Reported salaries are highest at Dental Group Ltd where the average pay is $17.53. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Gentle Dental and Family Dental, earning around $16.60 and $16.16, respectively. Aspen Dental pays the lowest at around $13.49. Pediatric Dental and Heartland Dental Care also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $14.79 and $15.59, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Dental Assistants?

Skills in Radiology, Patient Education and Order Inventory are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service and Instrument Control.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistants?

An entry-level Dental Assistant with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $13.27 based on 1,369 salaries. An early career Dental Assistant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $14.82 based on 7,082 salaries. A mid-career Dental Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.13 based on 3,419 salaries. An experienced Dental Assistant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.59 based on 3,650 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $20.
Employees with Dental Assistant in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 15.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Atlanta, Georgia (2.6% more) and Chicago, Illinois (2.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in San Antonio, Texas (14.9% less), Houston, Texas (8.4% less) and Los Angeles, California (6.0% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 18,139 survey responses.
Entry Level
7.5%
Early Career
39.0%
Mid Career
18.8%
Experienced
20.1%
Late Career
14.4%