DANB's Dental Assistants Salary Survey Results

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The results of DANB’s Salary Survey are in and once again, those who hold Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification report earning more than those who don’t. According to survey findings, DANB CDA certificants earn over $2 more per hour than those who are not DANB certified* — which could be one reason why 99% of those surveyed plan to renew their DANB certification.

DANB’s survey results show that full-time CDA certificants earn a median salary of $20.46 an hour compared to non-certified dental assistants, who earn $17.76, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.*

According to DANB’s survey, CDA certificants receive numerous other benefits, including paid vacation (85%), paid holidays (84%), retirement plans (67%), paid sick leave (55%) and free dental care (54%).

Beyond monetary rewards, those surveyed reported that certification benefited them personally and professionally — including greater pride, increased knowledge, greater confidence, and standing out from others when applying for a job.

It makes sense why DANB certificants are doing so well. They are an educated group, with 90% holding at least an associate degree or having completed some college. Additionally, DANB certificants are professionals: Those surveyed have been in their current position for more than eight years and in the field for more than 18 years — demonstrating employer loyalty and a commitment to the profession.

DANB certificants report high levels of career satisfaction. In fact, 99% of those surveyed plan to renew their certification!

Earning DANB certification can be a career boost, especially for those who are trying to stand out when applying for a new job. Of those surveyed, 96% would encourage others to earn DANB certification!

To learn more, visit DANB’s Salary Survey website.

*According to figures from the 2016 Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The findings cited in this report are based on a survey conducted by the DALE Foundation on behalf of DANB in October 2016. 


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