How much does a Dental Assistant make in the United States? The average Dental Assistant salary in the United States is $46,623 as of January 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $41,682 and $51,071. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

Dental Assistant Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Dental Assistant Salary $37,184 US January 26, 2024
25th Percentile Dental Assistant Salary $41,682 US January 26, 2024
50th Percentile Dental Assistant Salary $46,623 US January 26, 2024
75th Percentile Dental Assistant Salary $51,071 US January 26, 2024
90th Percentile Dental Assistant Salary $55,121 US January 26, 2024
25% $41,682 10% $37,184 90% $55,121 75% $51,071 $46,623 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.


Customer Service: Customer service is the provision of service to customers before, during and after a purchase. The perception of success of such interactions is dependent on employees "who can adjust themselves to the personality of the guest". Customer service concerns the priority an organization assigns to customer service relative to components such as product innovation and pricing. In this sense, an organization that values good customer service may spend more money in training employees than the average organization or may proactively interview customers for feedback. From the point of view of an overall sales process engineering effort, customer service plays an important role in an organization's ability to generate income and revenue. From that perspective, customer service should be included as part of an overall approach to systematic improvement. One good customer service experience can change the entire perception a customer holds towards the organization.


pediatric: Pediatrics is the branch of medicine that involves the medical care of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.


Front office: The front office represents the customer-facing division of a firm. For example, customer service, sales, and industry experts who provide advisory services are considered part of a firm's front office operations.

Customer Service 19.7%
pediatric 8.56%
Front office 5.57%
Others 66.17%

Job Description for Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant assists with dental surgical and other procedures under the direct supervision of a dentist. Prepares patient and arranges instruments and supplies used for procedures. Being a Dental Assistant hands instruments to the dentist and helps during treatment. Ensures all instruments are sterile and follows infection control protocols. Additionally, Dental Assistant records treatment notes and updates patient records. May take and process x-rays. May require an associate degree in dental assisting or equivalent. Has Basic Life Support (BLS) and depending on state, may have licensing requirement. Typically reports to a dentist. The Dental Assistant works under moderate supervision. Gaining or has attained full proficiency in a specific area of discipline. To be a Dental Assistant typically requires 1-3 years of related experience. (Copyright 2024 View full job description

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For Dental Assistant, the first career path typically progresses to Dental Hygienist.

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Dental Assistant salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Dental Assistant, the highest Dental Assistant salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Dental Assistant salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Dental Assistant salary is in Miami, FL, where the Dental Assistant salary is 2.9% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 5.5%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.7%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 17.5%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average

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