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How much do dental nurses earn?

Wondering, ‘How much does a Dental Nurse earn?'. Well, within the UK, you need to understand that Dental Nurse pay is a story of two halves. This is because you will earn a reduced wage in your Trainee Dental Nurse job, before transitioning to a full Dental Nurse salary upon qualifying.


So, let’s take a look at average dental nurse salaries in the UK.


Average UK dental nurse salaries in 2021


As dental nurses can work for the NHS, private sector and for agencies, the typical annual salary can vary. A trainee dental nurse will usually earn at least £17,000 (around £8-£10 an hour). The average salary Student Dental Nurses receive is around £17,851 per annum.

According to the government’s National Career Service website, the average starting salary for dental nursing jobs is £19,737. The average base salary for a dental nurse in 2021 is around £22,000 to £25,000. The average working week is 37 to 40 hours, with a potential for evening and weekend work.


If you choose to move into a specialist area, such as orthodontics, radiography, sedation or cosmetic dentistry, your annual salary could increase. You could also train to become a:

Dental nurse pay rates can also be affected by location. For example, if you work in London you can expect to earn a higher salary than other parts of the UK.


Dental nurse jobs with an agency; how much could I earn?


To work with an agency, you must first be trained and qualified as a Dental Nurse and registered with the GDC. For even more flexibility and the chance to greatly increase earnings, there are dental nurse jobs with an agency. These typically offer much higher hourly rates, and the chance to gain experience in high-end and renowned dental practices.


Specialist agencies such as our sister company, Infills Agency, supply staffing to Dental Practices across Sussex


How can I get started in dental nursing?


If you’re looking for a new challenge– enrol now and start take the first step to your new career. By choosing to do your studies online with us, you can complete this part of the training process as and when you have the time. Our course is accredited with The NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing which is an internationally recognised qualification. The course also follows the framework of the General Dental Council (GDC).


For more information


The NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing is the primary dental nurse training course offered at Infills Academy. Delivered fully online, this study option is great for those currently working in practice seeking to achieve their full dental nurse qualification.

How to apply


In order to secure a place on the National Diploma in Dental Nursing with us, you need to take the following steps:


  • Sign up online

  • Complete application forms

  • Provide the necessary documents as specified in confirmation email


Need more information?


More information about Infills Academy can be found on this website and interested applicants are always welcome to contact us via our online enquiry form.

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