Dental Assistants Who Are Certified Earn Higher Salaries, Study Says

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Findings from the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB), demonstrate that dental assistants who hold Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification report higher earnings.

According to DANB's 2014 Salary Survey,* full-time dental assistants who hold CDA certification earn a median salary of $19 an hour, nearly $2 more per hour than non-certified dental assistants.**

According to the survey, CDA certificants receive numerous other benefits, including paid holidays (76%), paid vacation (75%), 401(k) or pension plans (59%), free dental care (52%) and paid sick leave (50%).

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.

DANB’s Salary Survey also shows that dental assistants who hold CDA certification are an educated group, with 91% holding at least an associate degree or completing some college. Additionally, DANB certificants are professionals. Those surveyed have been in their current position for more than seven years and in the field for nearly 14 years – demonstrating employer loyalty and a commitment to the profession.

DANB certificants report high levels of career satisfaction and see value in professional certification. Of those surveyed, 99% plan to renew their CDA credential.

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, 98% would encourage others to earn DANB certification.

To learn more, download the full Salary Survey:

For more information about DANB certification, visit

*The findings cited in this report are based on a survey conducted by the DALE Foundation on behalf of DANB in October 2014.

** According to figures from the 2014 Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


About DANB
DANB is recognized by the American Dental Association as the national certification board for dental assistants. DANB’s mission is to promote the public good by providing credentialing services to the dental community. DANB offers five national certifications: National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA), Certified Dental Assistant (CDA), Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA), Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA), Certified Restorative Functions Dental Assistant (CRFDA). DANB's CDA and COA programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Currently, there are more than 36,000 DANB certificants nationwide. DANB exams and certifications are recognized or required in 38 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Veterans Affairs. CERTIFIED DENTAL ASSISTANT™ and CDA® are certification marks of DANB. For more, see DANB's Usage Guidelines for DANB Marks.

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