$17.99
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$968

Profit Sharing

$1,509

Commission

$800

The larger portion of Registered Dental Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $17.97 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Registered Dental Assistants vary widely between $27K and $52K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $3K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but career duration and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Over a third have medical and dental plans, and roughly one in seven have vision insurance. For the most part, Registered Dental Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$21,285 - $50,962
$21K
$34K
$51K
MEDIAN: $33,984
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50%
90%

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$12.88 - $24.75
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$18
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MEDIAN: $17.99
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$0$52K
Salary $21,285 - $50,962
Bonus $196 - $3,559
Profit Sharing $600 - $4,500
Commission $0.00 - $6,040
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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$26,682 - $52,214
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 361
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $12.88 - $24.75
Hourly Tips $0.29
Overtime $18.23 - $37.18
Annual Data $0$52K
Bonus $196 - $3,559
Commission $0.00 - $6,040
Profit Sharing $600 - $4,500
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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$26,682 - $52,214
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 5,368

Job Description for Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

Registered dental assistants work alongside dentists to provide dental care for patients. Their duties are a mix of patient care, laboratory procedures, and clerical work. Exact responsibilities vary from state to state due to licensing requirements. Some patient-care tasks include setting up and sterilizing instruments, handing instruments to the dentist, preparing the patient for treatment, and educating patients on proper dental care. Many registered dental assistants also process dental x-rays, expose radiography, and perform lab duties such as making teeth casts and temporary crowns. Finally, registered dental assistants frequently work in administrative capacity. This includes scheduling appointments, maintaining patient records, and processing patient bills and payments.

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Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) 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.

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Pay By Employer

$0$61K

DDS Inc.
35 profiles
$37,440

$35,668

$34,839

$32,015

Dental Group Ltd
13 profiles
$36,602

Pediatric Dental
13 profiles
$37,853

$35,360

Dr. B
10 profiles
$41,112

Gentle Dental
9 profiles
$42,053

Family Dental
7 profiles
$28,568

Common Career Paths for Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)


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For Registered Dental Assistants, progressing to a Registered Dental Hygienist role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Registered Dental Hygienist can earn $67K annually. It is not uncommon for a Registered Dental Assistant to continue on to become a Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistant or a Dental Hygienist.

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Job Listings

Popular Skills for Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)


Registered Dental Assistants report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, Leadership, Office Administration, and CAD/CAM are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office, Spanish Language, and Pediatrics. The majority of those who know Radiology also know Scheduling and Order Inventory. Most people who know Patient Education also know Order Inventory and Scheduling.

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

Pay by Experience for a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) has a positive trend. An entry-level Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 1,348 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 877 salaries. An experienced Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 1,072 salaries. A Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 597 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,681

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Registered Dental Assistants, 36 percent above the national average. Registered Dental Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Santa Rosa (+23 percent), San Jose (+16 percent), San Diego (+5 percent), and Sacramento (+2 percent). The lowest-paying market is Houston, which sits 20 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Bakersfield and San Antonio (17 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Reviews

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

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) in Lakeport:
"I love my job, patients and helpingpeople."
Pros: Helping people patient care getting hands-on experience learning new things everyday.
Cons: Pay. Trust.

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) in Pinole:
Pros: Working with kids and helping them over come their fear of their appointment.
Cons: Low pay and cutting back my hours due to patients cancelling appointments or rescheduling their appointments.

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) in San Diego:
"The Good, The Bad, The Ugly."
Pros: The patients and helping them to attain better dental health.
Cons: Sometimes I feel like I work at a used car lot.

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) in Houston:
"I Love it. Great career choice."
Pros: That I am mainly an endodontic assistant. My favorite procedure to assist in.
Cons: No complaints.

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) in West Covina:
"Love being able to not assitant and be able to do hands on."
Pros: I love being able to meet different patients being able to help the doctor and being able to keep learning new things.
Cons: Not having a little more time with patients sometimes.

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) in Walnut Creek:
"Love what I do as a profession."
Pros: Patient care.
Cons: Dealing with a boss you cannot make happy.

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) in Halifax:
"I love being an assistant."
Pros: I like helping people and making them feel good about themselves and being able to put a smile on there face:)
Cons: It is sometimes difficult to find a good Dentist to work with!

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Key Stats for Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 807 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
19%

Experience Affects Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Salaries

▲20%

▲9%

▲1%

National Average
$38,000

▼16%

Skills That Affect Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Salaries


▲2%


▲2%


National Average
$38,000

Patient Education
▼1%

Orthodontics
▼1%

▼2%

▼2%

▼2%

Insurance
▼2%

▼2%


▼5%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 807 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 15%
no benefits
None: 45%