Salary for Dental Assistants

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Also known as:  Certified Dental Assistant, Dental Aide, Dental Assistant, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant, Orthodontic Assistant, Orthodontist Assistant, Registered Dental Assistant, Surgical Dental Assistant

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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 earns a pay level between $28,940 - $58,390 depending on experience and education levels. usually receive a salary of fourty-two thousand three hundred and ten dollars each year.

are compensated at the highest average salary in Minnesota, where they receive a compensation of close to about $53,670. Professionals that work in these jobs make the highest salary in Management of Companies and Enterprises, where they can get an average job salary of $46,010.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 45.39 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Dental Assistants tend to make the most in the following industries:

Finance and Insurance
$57,670
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$46,010
Public Administration
$45,520
Health Care and Social Assistance
$42,260
Educational Services
$41,720
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$41,570

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Manufacturing
$39,690
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$40,530
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$41,570
Educational Services
$41,720
Health Care and Social Assistance
$42,260
Public Administration
$45,520