Salary for Dental Assistants

Also known as:  Certified Dental Assistant, Dental Aide, Dental Assistant, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant, Orthodontic Assistant, Orthodontist Assistant, Registered Dental Assistant, Surgical Dental Assistant helps healthcare professionals find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations.

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The role of a dental assistant is to prepare both the patient and the exam room for dental treatment. These individuals may also keep dental records, and take diagnostic x-rays. Their duties can also include maintaining dental inventory lists and ordering supplies as necessary. Some college is generally expected for this occupation.

A Dental Assistant can expect an average wage ranging from 24000 - 36000 based on experience. Dental Assistants can get salaries of Thirty Four Thousand One Hundred dollars yearly.

Dental Assistants can get the best pay in the District of Columbia, where they can earn average wages of just about $45630. People in this career obtain the highest salaries in Public Administration, which has salary pay of $39310.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 17.27 percent nationwide in that time.
Dental Assistants tend to make the most in the following industries
Finance and Insurance $39,310
Public Administration $36,680
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $34,430
Health Care and Social Assistance $34,080
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $33,890
Educational Services $33,560
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Management of Companies and Enterprises $28,270
Other Services (except Public Administration) $31,950
Educational Services $33,560
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $33,890
Health Care and Social Assistance $34,080
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $34,430