Dental nurses prepare patients for, and assist with, dental examinations, prepare and sterilise instruments and maintain case records.


  • Maintains records, processes and mounts x-ray films and undertakes reception duties.
  • Removes water and saliva from patient.
  • Assists with minor treatment, such as preparing materials for fillings.
  • Hands required equipment and medication to dentist during examination.
  • Prepares and sterilises instruments and follows guidelines to maintain sterile conditions within the surgery.
  • Prepares patient for examination.

Typical Education Level

Level 4 NVQ; Intermediate, DipHE, DipFE

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 6% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£18,275 Average wage

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for dental nurse is £18,275

1,673 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 1,673. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for dental nurse roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £18,275 per year. That is about £1,523 per month or £9.37 per hour. New workers generally start on £9,240, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £28,974

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 1,673 people are employed in the region.

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