Monday, July 26, 2021

Dental Assistant Pay in the Great Plains Region

Data released recently from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that, as of May 2020, there were more than 312,000 dental assistants working in the United States.  About 20,000 dental assistants at work in May 2020 lived in the seven-state Great Plains region of the country.  BLS data reveals much disparity in the Great Plains region for dental assistant pay.  Dental assistants in Minnesota enjoy the highest average annual mean wage in the country, and those in North Dakota find themselves in a top 10 state for dental assistant annual mean wages.  However, about 45% of the regions dental assistants work in one of three states that rank 32nd or worse for average annual mean wages.  A deeper dive into May 2020 BLS data details the following about dental assistant pay in the Great Plains region of the U.S.:

Dental Assistant Pay in the Great Plains Region
Dental Assistant Pay in the Great Plains Region

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
IA 3,030 $44,680 16th
KS 2,800 $39,840 35th
MN 5,110 $53,670 1st
MO 5,480 $38,610 38th
NE 2,080 $42,840 22nd
ND 770 $47,390 6th
SD 840 $40,310 32nd
U.S. 312,140 $42,310 -------

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states and the District of Columbia

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on May 26, 2021

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