The salary statistics of dental assistants are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of dental assistants within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The dental assistants annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for dental assistants. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) dental assistants is $52,000. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $36,940. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,460. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 104% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of dental assistants from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of dental assistants in 8 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for dental assistants occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $40,040. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $33,020).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
From the above tables we note that not only dental assistants salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of dental assistants in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,370 to $46,620. The highest paying state for dental assistants is Minnesota with a median annual salary of $46,620. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,370. For more salary information of dental assistants profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|New Hampshire|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|New York|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |