2013 New Jersey dental assisting salary survey

Sept. 23, 2013
2103 dental assisting salaries from New Jersey

2013 New Jersey dental assisting salary survey

(National averages or percentages are in the parentheses to allow for comparison)

  • Most common hourly rates: $18, $25 ($18)
  • % who earn $30 or more an hour: 15% (6%)
  • % who last received a raise more than a year ago: 57% (56%)
  • % who believe raises occur at fair intervals: 42% (41%)
  • % who would recommend dental assisting as a profession: 76% (73%)
  • % who envision continued employment as a dental assistant three years from now: 67% (71%)

Selected comments from New Jersey:

  • I have found that dental assisting rates are reasonable only in a hospital or a non-private office. Doctors in private practice are not paying assistants what they are worth, and it’s sad because we work so hard.
  • Salaries in New Jersey begin at $10 for noncertified DA to $30 for CDA, RDA.
  • Doesn’t pay well, poor medical insurance, no paid time off or vacation, just below full-time hours, costly to keep up with licenses. Workplace environment exposures are at high level.
  • The more you know the better your salary in New Jersey.
  • The income levels are fair depending on the office you work in. Specialty offices pay more.
  • The economy is hurting our practice. There has not been any recovery in New Jersey.
  • Right now in New Jersey, dental assistants who are licensed to operate X-rays are not allowed to operate a CBCT even though it's similar to an X-ray machine. I think it's ridiculous.
  • New Jersey is very expensive; dental assisting salaries should be adjusted according to New Jersey cost of living.
  • I would like to see expanded function allowing buccal infiltration anesthesia and minor excavations and filling on smaller classifications of caries. A new category of dental practitioner as a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant should be available for the dental profession
  • New Jersey is very strict on dental assistants’ scope of practice. I wish I could do more.
  • I can only speak from my experience in the state of New Jersey but I think more people are becoming assistants just because they don't want to go to college, and I see that most new assistants are not taking pride in their jobs.
  • Dental treatment is declining due to the economy, which makes the field uncertain for the future. People look dental treatment as an option not as a necessity.

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