How much do Dental Assistants make?

Average Dental Assistant salaries fall within the median of all healthcare assistant and entry level healthcare roles. There can be quite a significant range in salary depending on where you live in the USA. Below we look at average earnings across all States, as well as employment figures and projections.

Average Dental Assistant Salary

 

Average salary for Dental Assistants in 2015 $36,920
Hourly wage for Dental Assistants $17.75
90th Percentile of Earners $50,660
10th Percentile of Earners $24,950

 

According to the Bureau for Labour Studies (BLS) the average salary for Dental Assistants across all States in the USA is $36,920 (May 2015).  Dental Assistants in New Hampshire earned the most of all States with an average (cost of living adjusted) salary of $45,480 – over 23% above the national average.  Dental Assistants in West Virginia earned the least at $28,410.

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How much do Dental Assistants make per hour?

The mean hourly wage for Dental Assistants in the USA is $17.75.

Salary Range

Salary can range quite significantly depending on where you live and how much experience you have. There is a significant range in average earnings from a low of $24,950 to a high of $50,660. Dental Assistants in San Rafael, California earn the highest salaries of all Dental Assistants in the USA at an average $50,170, nearly 36% above the national average. See the tables below for more information.

Top paying States for Dental Assistants

The table below illustrates the States in which Dental Assistants earn the most – taking into consideration cost of living adjustments for each State.

StateSalaryAbove Average
New Hampshire$45,480.0023.19%
Alaska$44,560.0020.69%
Minnesota$44,220.0019.77%
Massachusetts$42,080.0013.98%
North Dakota$42,000.0013.76%

Salary & Employment Data by State

Browse the map below to find out how much a Dental Assistant makes in your State;

Top paying Metro / City areas for Dental Assistants

The table below illustrates the Metro areas and Cities where Dental Assistants earn the most – taking into consideration cost of living adjustments for each.

CitySalaryAbove Average
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division$50,170.0035.89%
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area$49,190.0033.23%
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area$49,070.0032.91%
Manchester, NH$48,830.0032.26%
Connecticut nonmetropolitan area$48,780.0032.12%
Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH NECTA Division$48,370.0031.01%
Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area$48,070.0030.20%
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA$47,900.0029.74%
Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, MA NECTA Division$47,160.0027.74%
Barnstable Town, MA$46,240.0025.24%

Dental Assistant Jobs Growth and Employment Projections

There is been 31% increase in employment of Dental Assistants since 2000 and this trend is set to continue.  The Bureau of Labour Studies (BLS) predicts that demand for Dental Assistants will continue to grow between 2016 and 2024. In fact it is predicted that a further 47,000 roles could be created in the sector in that time representing a 14% increase in employment figures.

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Dental Assistant Salary & Employment by State

StateSalary+/- AverageHourly Wage#'s Employed
Alabama$31,240.00-15.38%$15.023410
Alaska$44,560.0020.69%$21.421260
Arizona$37,500.001.57%$18.036820
Arkansas$32,520.00-11.92%$15.642530
California$38,730.004.90%$18.6249210
Colorado$39,060.005.80%$18.786080
Connecticut$41,150.0011.46%$19.793850
Delaware$38,150.003.33%$18.34810
Florida$35,780.00-3.09%$17.2017350
Georgia$36,010.00-2.46%$17.319770
Hawaii$34,500.00-6.55%$16.591620
Idaho$33,790.00-8.48%$16.251850
Illinois$37,120.000.54%$17.8513200
Indiana$36,050.00-2.36%$17.335550
Iowa$37,820.002.44%$18.183260
Kansas$34,750.00-5.88%$16.712810
Kentucky$33,610.00-8.97%$16.164410
Louisiana$29,190.00-20.94%$14.034110
Maine$37,790.002.36%$18.171160
Maryland$39,260.006.34%$18.885500
Massachusetts$42,080.0013.98%$20.237370
Michigan$34,900.00-5.47%$16.789160
Minnesota$44,220.0019.77%$21.265520
Mississippi$30,830.00-16.50%$14.822170
Missouri$34,800.00-5.74%$16.735250
Montana$34,230.00-7.29%$16.461180
Nebraska$34,200.00-7.37%$16.442000
Nevada$35,030.00-5.12%$16.842820
New Hampshire$45,480.0023.19%$21.871360
New Jersey$40,000.008.34%$19.239640
New Mexico$33,020.00-10.56%$15.872430
New York$35,770.00-3.11%$17.2019580
North Carolina$38,720.004.88%$18.628910
North Dakota$42,000.0013.76%$20.19690
Ohio$36,630.00-0.79%$17.6110460
Oklahoma$33,420.00-9.48%$16.074360
Oregon$41,680.0012.89%$20.044910
Pennsylvania$34,890.00-5.50%$16.7811640
Rhode Island$38,700.004.82%$18.61900
South Carolina$35,120.00-4.88%$16.883570
South Dakota$34,310.00-7.07%$16.49850
Tennessee$34,970.00-5.28%$16.815720
Texas$35,260.00-4.50%$16.9526380
Utah$29,490.00-20.12%$14.185030
Vermont$40,640.0010.08%$19.54490
Virginia$38,340.003.85%$18.438460
Washington$40,660.0010.13%$19.559870
West Virginia$28,410.00-23.05%$13.661170
Wisconsin$36,850.00-0.19%$17.725570
Wyoming$33,020.00-10.56%$15.87560

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