The average hourly pay for an Experienced Dental Assistant with Customer Service skills in San Diego, California is $17.30.
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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 the…Read more
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Skills in Radiology, Order Inventory, Patient Education and Oral Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average.
Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistant
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 $12.85 based on 9 salaries. An early career Dental Assistant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $13.36 based on 35 salaries. A mid-career Dental Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.48 based on 11 salaries.
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Employees with Dental Assistant in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 42.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Denver, Colorado (30.0% more) and Austin, Texas (14.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Los Angeles, California (5.3% less).
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