Dental Assistant Salary

So, how much does a Dental Assistant make? Before committing to becoming a dental assistant and completing all the necessary training, it would be helpful to know what to expect financially. After all, if the job market is tough and the pay is low and you have huge financial debt from training, you will need to ask yourself if everything is worth the effort. Do not get me wrong, money is not everything but it sure helps!:)

What does a Dental Assistant Earn?

As with any occupation, salary will vary by geographic location. I have research the average dental asssistant salary using the Bureau of Labor Statistics and found the following information:

Percentile 10% 25% 50% 75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.90 $13.18 $16.09 $19.19 $22.64
Annual Wage $22,680 $27,400 $33,470 $39,920 $47,090

The above chart tells us the average wage is $16.09/hr or $33.4k/yr. If you are on the high end of the salary, you will receive $22.64/hr or $47k/yr. The following chart shows us the states with the highest employment rate for dental assistants:

State Employment Hourly mean Annual mean
California 44,410 $16.97 $35,290
Texas 20,800 $15.29 $31,800
New York 16,730 $16.55 $34,430
Florida 14,770 $15.96 $33,210
Illinois 11,510 $16.00 $33,270

The following chart shows the employment levels across the United States. The darker color indicates that more dental assistant jobs are available.

Dental Assistant Jobs

The following chart shows the average dental assistant salary by state. The darkest color indicates $37.7k - $47.7k and the lighest color indicates $17.3k - 29.3k.

Dental Assistant Salary



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