Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Dental Assistant Pay in the Southeastern U.S.

The most recent occupational employment statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that, as of May 2020, there were more than 312,000 dental assistants employed in the United States.  More than 73,600 dental assistants working in May 2020 lived in the twelve-state Southeastern U.S. region.  BLS data reveals the Southeast to be one of the weakest regions of the country for dental assistant pay.  Dental assistants in only two Southeastern states earned an average annual mean wage that exceeded the national average.  Moreover, five states in the region ranked among the ten worst states in the nation for dental assistant annual mean wages, and two other Southeastern states ranked in the bottom third.  A deeper examination of May 2020 BLS data details the following about dental assistant pay in the Southeastern U.S.:

Dental Assistant Pay in the Southeastern U.S
Dental Assistant Pay in the Southeastern U.S

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AL 3,170 $33,510 49th
AR 2,610 $36,480 45th
FL 20,690 $41,170 25th
GA 8,150 $40,990 27th
KY 4,100 $37,740 41st
LA 4,610 $34,600 48th
MS 2,280 $31,930 51st
NC 9,260 $44,440 17th
SC 4,580 $41,010 26th
TN 5,240 $39,170 37th
VA 7,850 $44,690 15th
WV 1,080 $32,240 50th
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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