Entry-Level Dental Assistant Salary

The average Entry-Level Dental Assistant can expect to rake in roughly $13.75 per hour. In the world of Entry-Level Dental Assistants, performance is a large component of overall compensation. Bonuses and profit sharing that occasionally exceed $3K each, along with a few commissions of nearly $7K, can cause the final number to run anywhere from $21K to $37K. Geography and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. One-third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than a third collect dental insurance. Most Entry-Level Dental Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$16,497 - $40,698
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$29K
$41K
MEDIAN: $28,665
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$10.32 - $17.70
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Salary $16,497 - $40,698
Bonus $155.05 - $2,978
Profit Sharing $2.00 - $2,500
Commission $402.68 - $6,953
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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$21,348 - $37,661
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 453
Hourly Data $0$26
Hourly Rate $10.32 - $17.70
Hourly Tips $0.03 - $8.05
Overtime $13.80 - $26.84
Annual Data $0$37K
Bonus $155.05 - $2,978
Commission $402.68 - $6,953
Profit Sharing $2.00 - $2,500
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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$21,348 - $37,661
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 6,240

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Assistant


Many Entry-Level Dental Assistants can be found at Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, Family Dental Care, Comfort Dental, and Family Dental, firms that are at the top of the field. The biggest paychecks can be found at Heartland Dental Corporation — the median salary there is $31K. Also paying near the top of the field are Koolsmiles at $31K, Dental Group Ltd at $31K, and Heartland Dental Care, where Entry-Level Dental Assistants annually earn $31K.

Entry-Level Dental Assistants will find the worst pay at Smile Brands Inc, where the median salary crawls in at $25K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $33K, leaving little room for growth. Family Dental Care, Dental Dreams, and Pediatric Dental are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries, each pays $25K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,151

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

For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Dental Assistants in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Dental Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Charlotte (+10 percent), Denver (+7 percent), New York (+5 percent), and Atlanta (+4 percent). Los Angeles is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Employers in San Antonio and San Diego also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Dental Assistant Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Dental Assistant in Port Charlotte:
Find a better career.

Dental Assistant in Kingman:
"False promise of a higher salary."
Everything you were taught in dental school is totally different compared to the work field.

Dental Assistant in Belvidere:
"Educate yourself."
Educate yourself about what is attainable in your field and set goals to achieve it. Learn more than what is expected of you, and not just in your specific area.

Dental Assistant in Billings:
"Work hard."
Work hard, learn as much as you can, but don't take being treated like you are less than amazing. This job helps the dentist bring in thousands of dollars a day, and helps patients ease their fear of the dentist. Be proud of your job and don't let anyone tell you you settled.

Dental Assistant in San Diego:
"I wish I knew that my employer was overextrict boss,"
If you don't feel confortable with the eay your boss micromanage their employees on the first two days, don't stay, go and find other place to work when you feel confortable with how your boss treats you and others.

Dental Assistant in Glendale:
"Pay."
Be caring attentive to your patients their always first and what is best for them , need to be a team player do your job and more and most importantly keep Dr. Happy.

Dental Assistant in Deer Park:
"Lack of health benefits."
Need to enjoy dealing with the public. Have sympathy & compassion for patients and their anxiety of dental treatment. Must be a team player. Good communication skills. Having the ability to multi-task. Willingness to learn. Work well under pressure. Work long hours in a day.

Key Stats for Dental Assistant

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 944 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
12%
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Skills That Affect Dental Assistant Salaries

endodontics
▲5%


▼0%

▼0%

National Average
$29,000


▼1%

Patient Education
▼2%

▼3%


▼3%


Dental assistant
▼5%

sterilization
▼7%


Bilingual
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 944 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 33%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 18%
no benefits
None: 50%
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