Median annual wages of dental assistants were $32,380 in May 2008. The middle
50 percent earned between $26,980 and $38,960. The lowest 10 percent earned less
than $22,270, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $46,150.
Benefits vary substantially by practice setting and may be contingent upon
full-time employment. According to a 2008 survey conducted by the Dental
Assisting National Board (DANB), 86 percent of Certified Dental Assistants (CDA)
reported receiving paid vacation from their employers, and more than half of
CDAs received health benefits.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition
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