Monday, October 25, 2021

Dental Assistant Pay in the Far West U.S.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released earlier this year indicated that more than 312,000 dental assistants were employed in the United States as of May 2020.  At that time, roughly 65,800 dental assistants were working in the six-state Far West region of the country.  Although dental assistant annual mean wage levels were poor in Hawaii and Nevada, BLS data revealed the Far West U.S. to be a modestly good one for dental assistant pay.  Over 94% of the region's dental assistants lived in a state where the annual mean wage level for dental assistants was above the national average.  Moreover, this included three states which ranked among the ten best states in the nation for dental assistant annual mean wages.  A closer review of May 2020 BLS data reveals the following about dental assistant pay in the Far West U.S.:

Dental Assistant Pay in the Far West U.S.

Dental Assistant Pay in the Far West U.S.

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AK 920 $51,230 3rd
CA 47,140 $44,940 13th
HI 1,580 $36,530 44th
NV 2,200 $39,900 33rd
OR 4,550 $48,320 5th
WA 9,390 $46,690 7th
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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