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Dental Assistant Salary Report

DentalPost’s annual dental salary survey report covers pay, benefits, work conditions, and more for dental assistants. The most extensive dental industry survey of its kind, this report features comprehensive data based on responses from 15,000 dental professionals.

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Nearly 54% received a pay increase in 2022, and nearly 39% of respondents reported they are “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their total compensation.

Dental assistants in corporate practices (DSOs) reported an average income that was 9.5% higher year-over-year, compared with 7.25% average pay increases in private practices.

27% considering new jobs

While overall incomes and job satisfaction rose, more than a quarter of all responding dental assistants were considering a new job or actively applying for new opportunities – including jobs outside the dental industry.

EFDA and DANB certifications improve pay

50% of respondents have Expanded Duties/Function (EDF) Certification, and 45% have DANB Certification. Responding EFDAs reported earning $1.45 more than the average dental assistant hourly rate, and those with DANB Certification earned $1.30 more.