Saturday, December 3, 2022

20 Best Metropolitan Markets for Dental Assistant Pay

As examined in Dental Assistant Pay in the Top 20 Metropolitan Markets, the biggest metro areas are the major U.S. centers for dental assistant employment. That fact notwithstanding, a closer look into U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data reveals that smaller metro areas are where dental assistants frequently find better pay, sometimes much better.  Indeed, a review of BLS data from May 2021 shows us that just three of the top 20 U.S. metro areas were among the 20 best metropolitan markets for dental assistant pay:

20 Best Metropolitan Markets for Dental Assistant Pay

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (#) 5,980 $55,150
2 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington (#) 3,460 $55,020
3 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,940 $54,590
4 Alaska non-metro 370 $53,020
5 Santa Rosa, CA 740 $52,550
6 Rochester, MN 230 $52,510
7 Barnstable Town, MA 210 $52,380
8 Boston-Cambridge-Nashua (#) 6,400 $52,330
9 Bismarck, ND 180 $52,240
10 Fairbanks, AK 160 $51,940
11 Portsmouth, NH-ME 170 $51,110
12 Napa, CA 190 $50,820
13 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 3,520 $50,390
14 Mankato-North Mankato, MN 100 $50,200
15 Northeast Minnesota non-metro 90 $49,800
16 Massachusetts non-metro 140 $49,660
17 St. Cloud, MN 240 $49,650
18 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 400 $49,540
19 Southeast Minnesota non-metro 260 $49,480
20 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 540 $49,410
National 347,170 $42,510

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on November 30, 2022

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