Dental Assistant Salary in the US

$18.53
per hour
per year
$38,556
per year
per hour

Dental Assistant - Average Salary & Hourly Pay

The average salary for an Dental Assistant is $18.53 per hour ($38,556 per year), which is $14,934 (-28%) lower than the average salary in the US.
An Dental Assistant can expect an average starting pay of $11.14. The highest pay rates can exceed $23.33.
$11.14
Low
$18.53
Average salary
$23.33
High
$23,174
Low
$38,556
Average salary
$48,539
High

Dental Assistant Salary Range

Low
$11.14
Average salary
$18.53
Experienced
$21.78
High
$23.33
Low
$23,174
Average salary
$38,556
Experienced
$45,322
High
$48,539
Among Dental Assistants in the US, early career Dental Assistants and Pediatric Dental Assistants tend to have the lowest salaries, while experienced professionals with a certification like Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) or Certified Dental Assistant (CDA), Orthodontic Dental Assistants or Oral Surgery Dental Assistants enjoy the highest salaries.

Dental Assistant - Salary Differences

JobSalaryDifference
Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA)$20/hour
+8% 
Orthodontist Assistant$18.90/hour
+2% 
Oral Surgery Assistant$18.70/hour
+1% 
Pediatric Dental Assistant$15.80/hour
 -15%

Dental Assistant - Pay by Experience Level in the United States

An Entry Level Dental Assistant with less than three years of experience can expect to earn an average starting salary of $12.30 per hour. A mid career Dental Assistant with 4-9 years of experience earns an average salary of $15.70, while an experienced Dental Assistant with 10-20 years of experience makes on average $21. Dental Assistants with more than 20 years of experience earn $22 per hour on average.

How Work Experience Affects the Salary of an Dental Assistant

Late Career▲ +19%
Experienced▲ +13%
Average Salary$18.53/hour
Mid Career▼ -15%
Entry Level▼ -34%

Gender Breakdown

Female
91%
Male
9%

Dental Assistant - Jobs by Location

Dental Assistant - Related Salaries (per year)

The salary information presented on this page is based on all Dental Assistant jobs published on Jobted in the last 12 months and on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov).
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