Perform limited clinical duties under the direction of a dentist. Clinical duties may include equipment preparation and sterilization, preparing patients for treatment, assisting the dentist during treatment, and providing patients with instructions for oral healthcare procedures. May perform administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes.
According to the US Department of Labor, there are 330,200 people employed as dental assistants in the United States. The median annual salary is $41,200. Entry level employees earn approximately $28,940 per year and senior employees earn approximately $58,390 per year.
Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.