Benefits and Salary

A dental assistant's salary is dictated by a few different factors, but mostly by the responsibilities associated with an individual’s particular position and the area in which he or she works. According to the American Dental Association, salaries are generally comparable to equivalent positions in other fields, such as physical therapy assistants, occupational therapy assistants, pharmacy assistants, and even veterinary assistants.

  • On average, dental assistants in the United States earn about $32,000 a year.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the middle 50 percent of dental assistants working in 2008 made between $26,980 and $38,960 in wages, while the highest 10 percent of people in the profession made more than $46,000.
  • Additional benefits a dental assistant might receive can vary greatly according to where a person works.
  • Sometimes those perks also depend on whether a person is a full-time or part-time employee.
  • The Dental Assisting National Board conducted a survey in 2008 and found that 86 percent of Certified Dental Assistants received paid vacation, and more than half had health benefits.

Last Updated: 08/20/2013

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