Dental Assistant salary in United States

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

83k salaries reported, updated at November 27, 2021
per hour

The average salary for a dental assistant is $19.12 per hour in the United States.

Most common benefits

  • Paid time off
  • Prescription drug insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for dental assistants

Most recommended certification

EFDA Certification

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 $19.12 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%

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Most common benefits for Dental Assistants

  • Paid time off
  • Prescription drug insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Professional development assistance
  • Paid sick time
  • 401(k) matching
  • Paid jury duty
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Salary satisfaction

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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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