It depends on your location, experience, education, and credentials. On average, dental assistants earn $18.59 per hour. Dental assistants who hold DANB’s Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification earn higher wages – $20.76 per hour.
To learn more about salaries of dental assistants across the country, visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. When looking at any salary survey, it’s important to remember that surveys present the average (mean) or middle value (median). Your own unique experience and background play a factor in what salary you can earn as a dental assistant.