Updated Sep 15, 2022

How much does a Dental Assistant make?

Updated Sep 15, 2022

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Industry

$40,643 / yrTotal Pay
$38,840 / yrBase Pay
$1,803 / yrAdditional Pay

$40,643

 / yr
$30K$55K
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The estimated total pay for a Dental Assistant is $40,643 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $38,840 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $1,803 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

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Related Job Titles

For Dental Assistant

Some related job titles are Certified Dental Assistant Salaries with median pay of $42,506, Dental Hygienist Salaries with median pay of $108,372, Registered Dental Assistant Salaries with median pay of $43,086, Surgical Dental Assistant Salaries with median pay of $52,329.

Top Paying Companies

For a Dental Assistant in United States

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Dental Assistant in United States. Employers include US Department of Veterans Affairs, US Department of Defense and US Air Force.

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US Department of Veterans Affairs
US Department of Veterans Affairs
$68,404/yr
8
ABC
$52,031/yr
9
PDS
$51,792/yr
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Pacific Dental Services
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$42,110

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$19

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$19

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$43,061

 / yr

$20

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$51,723

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$19

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Top Paying Industries

For a Dental Assistant in United States

The top 5 paying industries for a Dental Assistant in United States are Aerospace & Defense with a median total pay of $61,070, Government & Public Administration with a median total pay of $58,114, Insurance with a median total pay of $51,723, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology with a median total pay of $50,043, and Media & Communication with a median total pay of $48,952.

IndustryTotal PayTotal Pay Insight
  • Aerospace & DefenseAerospace & Defense$61,070

    31% Higher than other industries

  • Government & Public AdministrationGovernment & Public Administration$58,114

    27% Higher than other industries

  • InsuranceInsurance$51,723

    18% Higher than other industries

  • Pharmaceutical & BiotechnologyPharmaceutical & Biotechnology$50,043

    16% Higher than other industries

  • Media & CommunicationMedia & Communication$48,952

    14% Higher than other industries

Aerospace & Defense

The top paying company in Aerospace & Defense for Dental Assistant is US Department of Defense.

US Department of DefenseUS Department of Defense$61,070/yr

Glassdoor Economist Pay Overview

What is the pay outlook for Healthcare?

Healthcare jobs, already in high demand, are expected to grow extensively to meet the increased need from an aging population. Careers in this industry are diverse, though most require additional training and pay above-average wages. Despite fewer opportunities for remote work than other professions, healthcare jobs can be found nearly everywhere, including both rural and urban settings. While careers in healthcare offer high job security, they also often involve long hours, including evening and weekend shift work, particularly for those just starting their career.

A Dental assistant salary range in US can vary based on important factors such as education, skills, certifications, and years of experience. A Dental assistant in US can expect to see an entry level salary range of $28,216 to $58,556 per year, based on 7,779 salary contributions. At the highest seniority level, an experienced Dental assistant in US can make a salary range of $32,691 to $53,142 with at least 5 years of experience, based on 193 salary contributions. The top 3 companies in US where a Dental assistant gets the highest compensation are McDonald's Corporation, PURE DENTAL BRANDS and Pacific Dental Services, Inc.. Bigger companies typically pay 44.68% less than smaller companies for a Dental assistant.

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Dental Assistant

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Dental Assistant

United States of America

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Dental Assistant pay FAQ

The national average salary for a Dental Assistant is $38,840 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Dental Assistant salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 9827 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Dental Assistant employees.

The highest salary for a Dental Assistant in United States is $51,449 per year.

The lowest salary for a Dental Assistant in United States is $29,321 per year.

If you are thinking of becoming a Dental Assistant or planning the next step in your career, find details about the role, the career path and salary trajectory of a Dental Assistant.