The salary of a dental assistant varies, depending on the responsibilities associated with the specific position, employeeâ€™s education, years of experience, the geographic location of employment, and demand factors.
Dental Assistant Salary Range
Dental Assistant (Registered) $28,106 – $40,882
Dental Assistant (Certified) $25,527 – $36,837
x-ray certified dental assistant $25,352 – $35,224
Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF) $29,601 – $42,107
Dental Assistant (Certified) Median Hourly Rate by State
New York $13.64-$19.21
Dental Assistant Median Hourly Rate by Years Experience
Job: Dental Assistant (Certified)
Less than 1 year $9.81-$13.04
10-19 years $15.34-$19.62
20 years or more $15.80-$20.77
Dental assistants typically work thirty to forty hours per week, about 30 percent of all DAs work part-time, and some dental assistants work in more that one office.
In addition to salary, dental assistants may receive benefit packages from their employers, including health and disability insurance coverage, reimbursement of dues for joining professional and educational organizations, an allowance for uniforms, profit sharing plans, and paid vacations.