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Dental Assistant Salary Information

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 [1].

Table 1. Dental Assistant Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25,460
25th Percentile Wage
$30,410
50th Percentile Wage
$36,940
75th Percentile Wage
$45,170
90th Percentile Wage
$52,000

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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of dental assistants from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201636,9402.60%6.61%
201535,9801.64%-
201435,3901.38%-
201334,9001.15%-
201234,500--

Table 2. Dental Assistant Salary by Industry Sector

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
$40,040
Finance and Insurance
$39,980
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$37,500
Educational Services
$37,420
Health Care and Social Assistance
$36,850
Manufacturing
$35,480
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$34,170
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$33,020

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Dental Assistants by States

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
Minnesota
$46,620
New Hampshire
$45,980
Alaska
$45,330
Massachusetts
$44,120
District of Columbia
$43,720
Oregon
$42,760
Connecticut
$42,510
New Jersey
$41,530
Rhode Island
$40,700
North Dakota
$40,660
Vermont
$40,320
Maryland
$40,190
North Carolina
$39,880
Washington
$39,570
Iowa
$39,440
Virginia
$39,320
Colorado
$38,430
Maine
$38,360
Indiana
$38,070
Illinois
$37,600
Arizona
$37,220
California
$37,220
Wisconsin
$37,220
Delaware
$37,000
Florida
$36,580
Georgia
$36,570
Ohio
$36,500
Nevada
$36,110
Hawaii
$36,040
New York
$36,040
South Carolina
$36,030
Michigan
$35,710
Tennessee
$35,450
Texas
$34,840
Pennsylvania
$34,740
Kansas
$34,680
Idaho
$34,660
Nebraska
$34,640
Montana
$34,590
Missouri
$34,550
Wyoming
$34,470
South Dakota
$34,330
Kentucky
$33,790
Oklahoma
$33,780
New Mexico
$32,590
Arkansas
$31,740
Alabama
$31,630
Virgin Islands
$31,470
Mississippi
$31,110
Utah
$29,950
Louisiana
$29,350
West Virginia
$27,110
Guam
$26,500
Puerto Rico
$18,370


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