Dental Assistant Salary

If you’re considering a career in dental assisting, one of your top questions is probably, “How much do dental assistants make?” The dental assistant salary can vary depending on many factors, such as location and experience.

For example, dental assistants in major metropolitan areas tend to earn more than dental assistants who live in smaller towns. Experience is also an important factor – dental assistants with more experience tend to earn more per hour than those who are new to the field. Job titles may also play a role – Expanded Functions Dental Assistants typically earn more because of additional responsibilities. 

Although there is a lot of variety in dental assistant salaries, some recent salary surveys can help you learn more about what you might expect to make as a dental assistant.

The Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) conducts its dental assistant salary survey every two years. The 2018-2019 survey includes responses from DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certificants and dental assistants who are not certified.

The survey showed the salary for dental assistants who hold CDA certification was $2 more per hour than dental assistants who are not certified. DANB CDA certificants reported earning $20.76 an hour compared to non-certified assistants who earn $18.59.

Dental assistant pay is not the only factor to consider. It is worth examining whether you get benefits as a dental assistant. According to DANB’s survey results, dental assistants who hold CDA certification reported receiving more workplace benefits compared to those who are not certified. Top benefits include paid vacation (88%), paid holidays (84%), a retirement plan (70%), health insurance (59%) and paid sick leave (53%).

To learn more about how much dental assistants make and dental assistants hourly salary, download the complete DANB Salary Survey.

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