Friday, October 13, 2023

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 2022, there were almost 364,000 dental assistants employed in the United States.  More than 84,000 dental assistants working in May 2022 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.  In only two Southeastern states was the average annual mean wage for dental assistants above the profession's national average of $44,710.  Moreover, five states in the region ranked among the ten worst states in the nation for dental assistant annual mean wages, and three other Southeastern states ranked in the bottom third.  A deeper examination of May 2022 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 3,710 $37,720 46th
AR 2,970 $36,570 50th
FL 22,670 $42,650 29th
GA 10,900 $41,160 36th
KY 3,320 $40,430 40th
LA 4,920 $36,180 51st
MS 2,530 $36,960 49th
NC 11,990 $45,650 19th
SC 4,820 $43,070 28th
TN 6,760 $40,990 37th
VA 8,110 $44,980 21st
WV 1,440 $37,510 47th
U.S. 363,880 $44,710 -------

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on October 8, 2023

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