$31,170
Avg. Salary
$15.50
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$806

Profit Sharing

$1,475

Commission

$700

The average pay for a Dental Assistant is $15.50 per hour.

The average pay for a Dental Assistant is $31,170 per year.

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MEDIAN $15
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MEDIAN $31,170
$18,508 - $44,999
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MEDIAN: $31,170
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$11.21 - $21.23
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$0$44K
Salary $18,508 - $44,999
Bonus $197 - $3,017
Profit Sharing $245 - $3,909
Commission $10.00 - $4,913
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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$23,172 - $44,811
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,564
Hourly Data $0$31
Hourly Rate $11.21 - $21.23
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $7.86
Overtime $14.72 - $31.01
Annual Data $0$44K
Bonus $197 - $3,017
Commission $10.00 - $4,913
Profit Sharing $245 - $3,909
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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$23,172 - $44,811
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 20,005

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.

Dental Assistant Pay By Employer

$0$52K

Aspen Dental
93 profiles
$27,740

Dental Group Ltd
69 profiles
$35,054

Family Dental
57 profiles
$31,304

$31,763

DDS Inc.
32 profiles
$32,084

$33,707

Dr. B
31 profiles
$37,937

Pediatric Dental
31 profiles
$29,789

Gentle Dental
30 profiles
$31,505

Kool Smiles Pc.
24 profiles
$26,746

Common Career Paths for Dental Assistant


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As Dental Assistants transition into upper-level roles such as Registered Dental Hygienist, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Registered Dental Hygienists earn $67K on average per year. Becoming a Registered Dental Assistant or a Certified Dental Assistant is often the next step for a Dental Assistant.

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Popular Skills for Dental Assistant


Dental Assistants seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, endodontics, Periodontics, and Oral Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Bilingual, Spanish Language, and Dental assistant. Those familiar with Instrument Control also tend to know Patient Education and Customer Service.

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 $29,000 based on 6,837 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 $34,000 based on 2,883 salaries. An experienced Dental Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 2,669 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 $40,000 based on 1,465 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,480

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

Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Dental Assistants, 30 percent above the national average. Dental Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Charlotte (+9 percent), Denver (+6 percent), Austin (+5 percent), and Atlanta (+4 percent). In Los Angeles, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Diego (9 percent lower) and San Antonio (8 percent lower).

Dental Assistant Advice

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

Dental Assistant in Henderson:
"PAY-RATE INCREASES."
EXPLORE ALL OPTIONS AND TO BECOME A HYGIENIST INSTEAD.

Dental Assistant in Portage:
Pros: I love working with our patients.
Cons: My pay and no benefits.

Dental Assistant in Whittier:
"They don't pay what you deserve."
Get your skills and move on to a better pay office.

Dental Assistant in Long Beach:
"That they never keep there word."
Always stick to what you believe in don't let anybody try to over work you and you don't get what your deseverd to be paid. Always speak up don't get taken advantage of. Know your rights, and what you are worth.

Dental Assistant in Medford:
"Dental assistant."
Pros: Its fun and interesting.
Cons: Nothing.

Dental Assistant in Wickliffe:
Pros: Staff that I work with and what my position consists of on a daily basis.
Cons: Only suppose to work 8 am to 5pm but always work till like 6 30 not having some kind of stability in our schedule no flexibility.

Dental Assistant in Timonium:
"Work hard."
You have to be a team member.

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Key Stats for Dental Assistant

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3062 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Dental Assistant Salaries

▲24%

▲15%

▲4%

National Average
$32,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant Salaries


▲5%

▲4%

▲2%

▲1%


National Average
$32,000



Radiology
▼2%

Customer Service
▼2%

Pediatrics
▼2%




▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3062 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 16%
no benefits
None: 49%