Dental Assistant Salary Survey "2020 Results"

We surveyed the industry to learn what today's dental assistants are saying about the state of the dental career for 2020.

The State of the Dental Assistant Career in 2020

How much are dental assistants paid? How many hours a week do they work? What do they think about their current employee benefits?

We answer all these questions, and more in our annual salary survey. The largest of its kind, RDH Magazine partnered with DentalPost to survey 8,855 dental professionals, including 2,495 dental assistants.

KEY FINDINGS FOR 2020

  • 23% of dental assistants are satisfied with their overall compensation.
  • 28% are happy with their overall employee benefits. Paid holidays and paid vacation are the employee benefits that dental assistants value most.
  • 16% want to work more hours. Likewise, 15% feel overworked and would prefer to work fewer hours.
  • 61% of dental assistants are open to a job change within a year.

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EXPERIENCE IN DENTISTRY

How many years of experience do you have working in dentistry?
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  • 3 in 10 respondents have 10-20 years’ experience in the dental industry
  • Newer to the industry: 1 in 5 dental assistant respondents have less than 5 years of experience industry
  • Established Dental Assistants: 4 in 10 respondents have 20+ years of experience

HOW THEY WORK

Full-Time vs Part-Time
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  • The majority of respondents work as full-time dental assistants (83%)
  • A small minority of respondents work as part-time dental assistants (14%)
  • Only 3% of respondents identify as retired or unemployed
70% Work in Private Practice
Dental Service Organization (DSO) vs Private Practice
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  • 70% identify working at a private practice
  • 15% identify working at a DSO
  • 8% identify working at multiple offices within a local practice
SNAPSHOT: Corporate vs Private Practice
Corporate
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Private Practice
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TODAY'S DEMOGRAPHICS

As we enter the 2020s, what are the traits of a modern dental assistant? What are their demographics? What about their life at home? Respondents share info about age, gender, head of household status and the impact of children in the home.

Age Range
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DSOs Attract New and Young Dental Assistants
Corporate vs Private Practice
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Gender: 97% Female
What is your gender?
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Role of Dental Assistants in the Household
Are you the sole income provider in your household?
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Impact of Children in the Household
How many children under the age of 18 live in your household?
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How much does a dental assistant make?
What is your estimated annual income for 2019?
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HOW THEY EARN IT

Average number of hours worked, one job or multiple, and the participation rate of temping among dental assistants.

How many hours per week do dental hygienists work?
On average, how many hours per week do you work as a practicing dental professional?
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One Job or Multiple Jobs?
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How is temping changing how dental assistants earn a living?

Whether a planned absence or sudden emergency, there is an increasing need for dental assistants to step in.

Do you currently temp?
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WORK ENVIRONMENT: IS IT THE RIGHT FIT?

Here's what dental assistants say about their current compensation and benefits. We ask them to rate satisfaction and provide feedback where employers can impove. Putting it together, we uncover who might be looking to make a job change soon.

Compensation
How satisfied are you with your overall pay?
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Annual raises are missed opportunities
How satisfied are you with your annual raise?
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Employee Benefits. Which benefits are the most impactful?
BENEFITS. How satisified are you with...
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Testing the Job Market
Do you intend to apply for a new job in the next 365 days?
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