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Dental Assistant Pay Rate

A career in the allied health field are in high demand and will stay that way as the population ages and continues to need care.

Dental assisting is a popular allied health career and training can usually be completed in a couple of years.

Salaries are also competitive and if you want to earn a good living while enjoying a job, a dental assistant income can allow you to do this.

There are variations, but typical dental assistant salaries are around $33,000 a year with the potential to rise above $40,000 with specialized training.

It is common to make close to $16 per hour directly out of school and it is not hard to find a position as this field is expected to keep growing faster than average at least through 2018.

Typical duties include:

  • Patient scheduling
  • Dealing with insurance companies
  • Taking x-rays
  • Preparing equipment
  • Assisting the dentist or the hygienist in certain procedures

Certification Programs

There are different certifications available to help raise earning potential.

Training to be a Certified Dental Assistant or a Registered Dental Assistant can up salary ranges to the higher limits mentioned above.

It is possible to be hired to work as a dental assistant without any formal schooling and learn on the job but this will definitely put one at the bottom of the pay scale.

It is well worth it to get formal training to get the most out of this rewarding career.

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