The average hourly pay for a Dental Assistant in Los Angeles, California is $14.35.
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$11 - $19
$99 - $2,433
$22,320 - $41,360
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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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Popular Skills for Dental Assistant
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Skills that pay less than market rate include Spanish Language, Patient Education, Customer Service, Instrument Control and Radiology.
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 $11.97 based on 10 salaries. An early career Dental Assistant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $12.68 based on 83 salaries. A mid-career Dental Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.27 based on 52 salaries. An experienced Dental Assistant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.06 based on 36 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $18.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Dental Assistant in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 41.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (19.4% more) and Atlanta, Georgia (11.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in San Antonio, Texas (3.1% less).
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