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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Dental Assistant Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage 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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of dental assistants from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$37,630
1.83% 8.32%
2016
$36,940
2.60% -
2015
$35,980
1.64% -
2014
$35,390
1.38% -
2013
$34,900
1.15% -
2012
$34,500
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Table 2. Dental Assistant Salary by Industry Sector

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
$43,210
Federal, State, and Local Government
$41,480
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$40,030
Educational Services
$38,050
Health Care and Social Assistance
$37,550
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$37,490
Manufacturing
$35,480
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$34,170
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$33,590

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 $18,550 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
$48,030
Minnesota
$47,990
New Hampshire
$46,690
Alaska
$46,390
Massachusetts
$44,540
Connecticut
$44,160
Vermont
$44,150
Oregon
$43,260
North Dakota
$43,060
New Jersey
$42,400
Rhode Island
$41,670
Washington
$41,490
Virginia
$41,090
Maryland
$41,030
North Carolina
$40,460
Delaware
$40,030
Arizona
$39,850
Maine
$39,540
Iowa
$39,050
Illinois
$38,870
Colorado
$38,430
Indiana
$38,270
South Dakota
$38,030
Wisconsin
$37,990
California
$37,570
Florida
$37,100
Georgia
$37,050
South Carolina
$36,890
Pennsylvania
$36,820
Nevada
$36,760
Montana
$36,700
Ohio
$36,560
Hawaii
$36,530
New York
$36,410
Tennessee
$36,380
Michigan
$36,380
Missouri
$36,310
Nebraska
$35,190
Kansas
$35,120
Texas
$35,030
Oklahoma
$34,980
Kentucky
$34,490
Virgin Islands
$34,330
Idaho
$33,760
Wyoming
$33,690
New Mexico
$33,580
Arkansas
$33,210
Alabama
$32,960
Mississippi
$32,380
Utah
$29,870
Guam
$29,550
Louisiana
$29,520
West Virginia
$29,410
Puerto Rico
$18,550



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