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Dental assistant salary in United States

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

Average base salary

$20.64
Non-cash benefit
401(k)
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The average salary for a dental assistant is $20.64 per hour in the United States. 90.6k salaries reported, updated at December 1, 2022

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

Years of experiencePer hour
Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
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Top companies for Dental Assistants in United States

  1. Total Health Dental Care
    4.0
    58 reviews6 salaries reported
    $27.88per hour
  2. $25.12per hour
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Highest paying cities for Dental Assistants near United States

  1. New York, NY
    $24.46 per hour
    603 salaries reported
  2. Chicago, IL
    $22.89 per hour
    638 salaries reported
  3. Philadelphia, PA
    $22.24 per hour
    421 salaries reported
  1. Brooklyn, NY
    $22.15 per hour
    336 salaries reported
  2. Portland, OR
    $21.97 per hour
    330 salaries reported
  3. Austin, TX
    $21.95 per hour
    614 salaries reported
  1. Houston, TX
    $21.52 per hour
    546 salaries reported
  2. Las Vegas, NV
    $20.77 per hour
    318 salaries reported
  3. San Antonio, TX
    $20.50 per hour
    440 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 $20.64 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

Community Health Centers
University of Pittsburgh
Cirocco Dental Center
Community Health Northwest Florida
State of Florida
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Top licenses
Registered Dental Hygienist
+21.49%salary
Top skills
Anatomy Knowledge
+18.97%salary
Top specialties
Primary Care
+5.76%salary

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?

Orthodontic Assistant

2,627 job openings

Average $21.35 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for a Dental Assistant

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