How much does a Dental Assistant make in the United States? The average Dental Assistant salary in the United States is $41,272 as of August 29, 2022, but the range typically falls between $36,604 and $45,794. 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, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target.
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, or may need 0 years of experience with additional specialized training and/or certification. (Copyright 2022 Salary.com)... View full job description
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What does a Dental Assistant do?
Dental Assistant in Springfield, OR
Dental assistants are qualified individuals who contribute significantly to the dental team.
November 27, 2019
Dental Assistant in Madison, WI
Some dental assistants become office managers, dental-assisting instructors, dental hygienists, or dental product sales representatives, sometimes with additional training and schooling.
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Dental Assistant in Columbus, MS
Generally responsibilities will include record keeping, preparing medications, taking x-rays, sterilizing/preparing dental instruments, scheduling appointments, assisting the dentist with the procedure, and instructing patients and making them feel as comfortable as possible until the dentist is ready to begin.
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These charts show the average base salary (core compensation), as well as the average total cash compensation for the job of Dental Assistant in the United States. The base salary for Dental Assistant ranges from $36,604 to $45,794 with the average base salary of $41,272. The total cash compensation, which includes base, and annual incentives, can vary anywhere from $36,705 to $45,952 with the average total cash compensation of $41,345.