The average hourly pay for an Experienced Dental Assistant with Customer Service skills is $18.38.
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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 Order Inventory are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Oral Surgery, Patient Education, 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 $12.89 based on 532 salaries. An early career Dental Assistant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $14.38 based on 2,844 salaries. A mid-career Dental Assistant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.66 based on 1,366 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $20.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Dental Assistant in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 33.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Denver, Colorado (22.4% more) and Austin, Texas (7.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Los Angeles, California (10.8% less), Las Vegas, Nevada (2.1% less) and Houston, Texas (2.1% less).
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