Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Best and Worst States for Dental Assistant Pay

There were just over 351,000 dental assistants working in the U.S. as of May 2019 according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  The vast majority of dental assistants work in dental offices, but small numbers may be found working with employment agencies, in physician offices, and in outpatient care centers. While dental assistants must possess some technical understanding, their duties are generally administrative in nature and do not require the kind of advanced skills or training required of many other healthcare occupations. Dental assistants, on average, earn lower salaries than workers in most other occupations. As of May 2019, the BLS estimated that the national mean wage for dental assistants was $41,170 per year, as compared to the $53,490 annual mean wage for all occupations in the U.S.  Pay for the profession varies considerably from state-to-state, with dental assistants in some states making 50% more than what their professional peers made elsewhere.  As of May 2019, according to BLS data the ten states with the best annual mean salary for dental assistants were:

Minnesota $52,220
Alaska $49,350
New Hampshire $49,280
Massachusetts $48,770
North Dakota $47,140
Oregon $46,940
Washington $45,640
Rhode Island $44,790
Connecticut $44,710
New Jersey $44,370

At the other end of the spectrum, the bottom ten states for dental assistant pay were:

Hawaii $36,990
Oklahoma $36,970
Kentucky $36,870
Arkansas $35,400
Idaho $34,580
Alabama $33,390
Louisiana $33,300
Mississippi $32,770
Utah $32,740
West Virginia $32,710

So where does your state rank for dental assistant pay?

Check out Dental Assistant Average Wages by State for more information.