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

Average base salary
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48.2k salaries reported, updated at Oct 22, 2020
$17.83
per hour

The average salary for a dental assistant is $17.83 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 CertificationTrending qualification.

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 $17.83 per hour.

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More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

License categories:
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Salary
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Registered Dental Hygienist
+21.49%
29 jobs
53Company icon
Registered Dental Assistant
+3.05%
2,967 jobs
4,336Company icon
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Top skill
Salary
Job openings
Companies
Anatomy Knowledge
+18.97%
22Company icon
Benefits Administration
+8.21%
68Company icon
Dentrix
+2.29%
1,140Company icon
Certification categories:
Top certification
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Job openings
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EFDA Certification
+7.51%
738Company icon
Radiology Certification
+3.85%
1,465Company icon
BLS Certification
+6.05%
879Company icon
AHA Certification
+10.08%
162Company icon
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Primary Care
+5.76%
237 jobs
387Company icon
Surgery
+2.67%
1,210 jobs
2,091Company icon

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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