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Dental assistant salary in United States

How much does a Dental Assistant make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $21.56
Low $15.92
High $29.19
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a dental assistant is $21.56 per hour in the United States. 120.4k salaries reported, updated at December 1, 2023

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
More than 10 years
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Top companies for Dental Assistants in United States

  1. Dental Connections
    13 reviews304 salaries reported
    $27.39per hour
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Highest paying cities for Dental Assistants near United States

  1. Portland, OR
    $25.46 per hour
    546 salaries reported
  2. Washington, DC
    $23.44 per hour
    344 salaries reported
  3. New York, NY
    $23.23 per hour
    926 salaries reported
  1. Austin, TX
    $21.73 per hour
    723 salaries reported
  2. Chicago, IL
    $20.46 per hour
    715 salaries reported
  3. Las Vegas, NV
    $19.16 per hour
    493 salaries reported
  1. Ocala, FL
    $18.99 per hour
    88 salaries reported
  2. Miami, FL
    $18.47 per hour
    329 salaries reported
  3. Houston, TX
    $18.12 per hour
    670 salaries reported
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Where can a Dental Assistant earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Dental Assistants

Most recommended certification

EFDA Certification

(earn +7.51% more)

The jobs requiring this certification have increase by 1600.00% since 2018. Dental Assistants with this certification earn +7.51% more than the average base salary, which is $21.56 per hour.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this certificationChange from previous year
20171increase by 1
20181decrease by 0.00%
201917increase by 1600.00%

Top companies hiring Dental Assistants with the recommended certification

Dr. Ronald Ray & Associates
russell branch dental
Loudoun Family Dental
Lightwave Dental
One Loudoun Dental llc
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Top licenses
Registered Dental Hygienist
Top skills
Anatomy Knowledge
Top specialties
Primary Care

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top LicensesSalaryJob openingsCompanies
29 jobs53
2,967 jobs4,336
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Most common benefits for Dental Assistants

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • 403(b)
  • AD&D insurance
  • Continuing education credits
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid time off
  • Paid training
  • Parental leave
  • Pet insurance
  • Prescription drug insurance
  • Professional development assistance
  • Profit sharing
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Safety equipment provided
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Uniform allowance
  • Vision insurance
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 1,022 ratings

45% of Dental Assistants in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

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Average $19.86 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for a Dental Assistant

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