Dental treatment coordinators, or dental assistants, work with clients to establish appointments for initial and ongoing treatments. Treatment coordinators create treatment plans, operate dental software and understand insurance and billing procedures. Many employers require candidates with some front office experience or prefer dental assisting experience or licensing.
Dental assistants earned an average $34,140 annually, or $16.41 hourly, in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The highest earners made $47,090 while the lowest earners made $22,680.
In the Western portion of the country, salaries ranged from $29,800 to $47,630, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the Midwest, salaries were between $17,330 and $34,310. The Eastern and Southern portions of the country had the widest range with salaries between $17,330 and $47,630 annually.
States that paid the most included Washington, DC, New Hampshire, Alaska, Minnesota and Connecticut. Salaries ranged between $40,180 in Connecticut and $47,630 in Washington, DC. The top-paying metropolitan areas included Manchester, New Hampshire, San Francisco, California, and Waterbury, Connecticut. Salaries in the top-paying metropolitan areas ranged between $42,660 in the Minneapolis area to $46,820 in Manchester.
Dental treatment coordinators typically receive benefits in addition to their monetary compensation. Depending on the employer, a coordinator may receive medical benefits, vacations and holidays and other coverage.