Friday, February 11, 2022

Dental Assistant Pay in the Rocky Mountain Region

As of May 2020, the most current date of occupational employment data available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the BLS reported dental assistant employment in the United States at more than 312,000.  The five-state Rocky Mountain region accounted for just over 18,000 of those dental assistant jobs.  BLS data revealed much disparity in the region for dental assistant pay.  Colorado, home to 46% of the region's dental assistants, was the only Rocky Mountain state to record a dental assistant annual mean wage level above the national average.  The other states in the region all ranked in the bottom quintile of states for dental assistant annual mean wage levels, including three that ranked in the bottom ten nationally for that pay metric. A closer look at May 2020 BLS data reveals the following details about dental assistant pay in the Rocky Mountain region:

Dental Assistant Pay in the Rocky Mountain Region

Dental Assistant Pay in the Rocky Mountain Region


State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
CO 8,390 $43,930 18th
ID 2,210 $35,310 46th
MT 1,420 $37,330 43rd
UT 5,640 $34,850 47th
WY 550 $38,590 39th
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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