Wednesday, March 10, 2021

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 2019 shows us that just three of the top 20 U.S. metro areas were among the 20 best metropolitan markets for dental assistant pay:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Santa Rosa, CA 800 $56,010
2 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington (#) 3,760 $54,510
3 Rochester, MN 360 $53,010
4 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3,860 $52,380
5 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (#) 6,980 $51,510
6 Bismarck, ND 160 $51,360
7 Portsmouth, NH-ME 140 $51,170
8 Napa, CA 210 $50,420
9 Fairbanks, AK 80 $50,280
10 Boston-Cambridge-Nashua (#) 6,070 $50,220
11 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 430 $50,120
12 Odessa, TX 190 $50,000
13 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 540 $49,940
14 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 2,960 $49,370
15 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 590 $49,180
16 Worcester, MA-CT 790 $49,100
17 St. Cloud, MN 220 $48,950
18 Bend-Redmond, OR 370 $48,890
19 Manchester, NH 200 $48,780
20 Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 180 $48,710
National 351,470 $41,170

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on December 26, 2020

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