Dental assistants earn good money while working in a clean, well-lighted environment with good hours. The national average for dental assistant wages is between $13.45 and $27.37 an hour depending on skills and certifications. Dental assistants with several years of experience and expanded skills can earn over $27.00 an hour. In Charlotte, where the current demand is high, salaries are above average.
You should know and understand that regardless of whether you decide to take an accelerated course or a year long course, dental assistant wages are dependent on your chairside experience, speed and efficiency. Though some people will tell you that you will make more after graduating from a degree program, the reality is that your level of actual clinical experience will determine your starting wages. In both cases, you should anticipate that you will be seeking an entry level position. As you gain experience and value to your team, wages rise accordingly.