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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Dental Assistant Salary

     Are you wondering what kind of salary or income you can make as a dental assistant? We at Practical Dental Assisting of Utah want our students to have a job BEFORE they graduate from our dental assisting school in Utah County. The average dental assistant salary and hourly wage varies according to state, city, number of dentists in a specific area, and the type of dental office they may work. We found the following to be a good summary of a dental assistant salary.
  • Dental assistants work in a number of health care professions, but the most popular industries tend to be dental prosthetic services, family dentistry, health care, orthodontics and pediatric offices.  The salaries of these industries are similar as they start out a little less than $12 an hour and may increase to just under the national average of about $16. *
  • The average yearly salary is typically between $24,000 and $35,000. You may start at an hourly rate of a little more than $11 and eventually work your way to more than $16 an hour. *
  • Someone with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology may start off around $10 an hour and may eventually work up to $15. *
  • A certificate of completion can get you started above the average hourly salary with around $12 and can eventually earn you a slightly higher salary than you would have with a BS. *
     We understand the need for a stable and rewarding career. The great fact about dentistry is people are always going to have teeth and will always have dental care needs! The Dental Field is not under threat from our current economy and each of our instructors have years of experience in the field. We are currently updating and extending our curriculum to better educate our students in basic and specialty dental assistant training. Feel free to check out our website and call us with any questions!

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  1. Thanks for the information on pay scale of dental assistant..I was looking for it as I am looking forward to this career and want to know about the pay..Just wondering to know in which country the highest pay scale is given to the dental assistant..

  2. Residents of Olathe get a mean income of $28,000 every year while the ones who live in Overland Park are paid a middle salary of $29,500. These averages are significantly lower than its neighboring state of Colorado. Dental Assistant Salary in Kansas