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 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$26,170|
|25th Percentile Wage||$31,160|
|50th Percentile Wage||$37,630|
|75th Percentile Wage||$46,000|
|90th Percentile Wage||$53,130|
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 $53,130. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $37,630. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,170. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 103% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of dental assistants from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of dental assistants in 9 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 finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $43,210. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $33,590).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|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 $18,550 to $48,030. The highest paying state for dental assistants is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $48,030. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,550. For more salary information of dental assistants profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|District of Columbia|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|New York|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |