$34,117
Avg. Salary
$17.16
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$798

Profit Sharing

$1,700

The average pay for a Dental Assistant (Certified) is $17.16 per hour.

The average pay for a Dental Assistant (Certified) is $34,117 per year.

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$23
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MEDIAN $17
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$47k
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MEDIAN $34,117
$19,957 - $47,447
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MEDIAN: $34,117
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$12.44 - $22.68
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$0$48K
Salary $19,957 - $47,447
Bonus $197 - $3,048
Profit Sharing $6.30 - $3,878
Total Pay (?
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$25,663 - $48,013
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 115
Hourly Data $0$32
Hourly Rate $12.44 - $22.68
Overtime $14.39 - $32.56
Annual Data $0$48K
Bonus $197 - $3,048
Profit Sharing $6.30 - $3,878
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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$25,663 - $48,013
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,460

Job Description for Dental Assistant (Certified)

A certified dental assistant (CDA) is responsible for providing assistance with dental patient care. Because they work in a medical setting, certified dental assistants must have general knowledge of medical terminology. They must also be able to comply with state and national regulations regarding safety and cleanliness, such as OSHA and the American Association of Dental Boards.

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Dental Assistant (Certified) 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 (Certified) Pay By Employer

$0$44K

Dr. B
7 profiles
$37,423

Aspen Dental
6 profiles
$28,454

Common Career Paths for Dental Assistant (Certified)


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As Certifed 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 an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant is often the next step for a Certified Dental Assistant.

Dental Assistant (Certified) Job Listings

Popular Skills for Dental Assistant (Certified)


Survey results imply that Certifed Dental Assistants deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in endodontics, Order Inventory, Surgery, and OSHA Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Expanded Functions and Coronal Polishing. It is often found that people who know Patient Education are also skilled in Oral Surgery and Office Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistant (Certified)

Pay by Experience for a Dental Assistant (Certified) has a positive trend. An entry-level Dental Assistant (Certified) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 401 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dental Assistant (Certified) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 216 salaries. An experienced Dental Assistant (Certified) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 207 salaries. A Dental Assistant (Certified) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 154 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

15%

-5%

-15%

National Average: $35,934

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

With a pay rate for Certifed Dental Assistants that is 14 percent greater than the national average, Columbus offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Certifed Dental Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Raleigh (+14 percent), New York (+9 percent), Charlotte (+8 percent), and Fort Wayne (+3 percent). Certifed Dental Assistants in Los Angeles take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 38 percent less than the national average. Syracuse and Cincinnati are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 18 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively.

Dental Assistant (Certified) Advice

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

Dental Assistant (Certified) in Phoenix:
"Worth."
Find a Dental Office that appreciates what you have to offer and will not only compensate you but will offer job advancement and benefits..

Dental Assistant (Certified) in Boston:
"I hate Forsyth but don't mind dental assistant."
Just make sure you find an office that you can work there long term and that the people are true.

Dental Assistant (Certified) in Anaheim:
"Give your time."
When starting school, look for an office and start doing free hours. Learn the names of all the instruments and how to take great radiographs. Most importantly, you need patience.

Dental Assistant (Certified) in Wichita:
"Rewarding."
Pros: What I most enjoy about dental assisting is being able to transform a patients smile. Seeing that patients self esteem and confidence shining through them as they leave their appointment with a beautiful smile they thought they would never seen again. Knowing I was able to change a persons life mentally and physically with a new smile is the icing on the cake!
Cons: Lack of other team members help with side duties, having more than enough responsibilities with poor pay. Office conditions. No paid vacation or paid time off. Pay schedule issues.

Dental Assistant (Certified) in Iowa City:
"Be flexable."
This is a selfless job, work to help your patients.

Dental Assistant (Certified) in Mesa:
"Top Pay."
Not enough pay to be single and financially stable.

Dental Assistant (Certified) in Raleigh:
"Being Very Organized Is A Necessity In This Field."
Learn all you can; keep up with continuing education.

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Key Stats for Dental Assistant (Certified)

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 264 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
20%

Experience Affects Dental Assistant (Certified) Salaries

▲17%

▲10%

▲1%

National Average
$36,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Dental Assistant (Certified) Salaries

endodontics
▲15%

Order Inventory
▲14%

▲7%

▲6%

OSHA Compliance
▲6%

certified dental assistant
▲4%

▲3%

▲2%


National Average
$36,000

▼1%


Coronal Polishing
▼6%

Expanded Functions
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 264 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 36%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 16%
no benefits
None: 45%