Dental Assistant

A Dental Assistant (sometimes referred to as Dental Nurse) prepares patients for dental examinations and assists Dental Practitioners with instruments, treatments and X-rays. The average salary of a Dental Assistant is $40,005 per annum.

To become a Dental Assistant, you'll usually have to complete a certain amount of training such as a VET qualification in dental assisting.

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Average salary
$40,005 P/A

Source: (August 2016)
Min average salary
$22,085 P/A

Source: (August 2016)
Max average salary
$54,810 P/A

Source: (August 2016)
Job growth

Projection: 4% more Dental Assistants employed in Australia in 2020 (compared to 2015)

Employment by region

The top three regions for employment as a Dental Assistant are:

  • NSW: 35%
  • QLD: 25.1%
  • VIC: 20.7%

Key skills required
  • Good with hands
  • Able to concentrate and follow instructions
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good organisation and time management skills
  • Interested in healthcare work


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