Dental assistant earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Dental assistant salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $44,702
Alabama $29,602
Arkansas $32,948
Arizona $41,690
California $38,740
Colorado $40,170
Connecticut $44,080
District of Columbia $46,630
Delaware $40,150
Florida $39,590
Georgia $36,760
Guam $26,750
Hawaii $33,781
Iowa $38,386
Idaho $27,098
Illinois $29,898
Indiana $32,146
Kansas $35,068
Kentucky $31,193
Louisiana $31,930
Massachusetts $45,760
Maryland $41,180
Maine $41,110
Michigan $36,660
Minnesota $49,220
Missouri $38,270
Mississippi $31,640
Montana $36,850
North Carolina $41,660
North Dakota $44,320
Nebraska $35,850
New Hampshire $47,900
New Jersey $41,950
New Mexico $34,870
Nevada $38,010
New York $38,170
Ohio $36,960
Oklahoma $36,180
Oregon $43,990
Pennsylvania $33,387
Puerto Rico $18,300
Rhode Island $43,890
South Carolina $38,600
South Dakota $37,310
Tennessee $37,250
Texas $35,930
Utah $30,940
Virginia $43,520
Virgin Islands $31,470
Vermont $44,020
Washington $42,260
Wisconsin $38,150
West Virginia $30,970
Wyoming $34,860

How much does a Dental Assistant earn?

The number of dental assistants is expected to grow about 25%, which is not as high as the 28% growth in healthcare support jobs. Nonetheless, this career field is expected to grow more than twice as fast as all occupations in the US.

The starting salary of dental assistants greatly depends on many factors, including whether the assistant is certified versus registered, where they are located, and the type of practice they work for. For example, by location, a dental assistant can earn as high as $42,000 working in Minnesota, to as low as $27,000 working in Utah. Additionally, by industry, a dental assistant can make approximately $41,000 working in the Insurance Carriers industry, and about $32,200 in a physician’s office.

Dental Assistant Compensation by Geographical Region

The top paying metropolitan area in the US is in the Bay Area of California. This includes San Francisco, San Mateo, and Redwood City with an average annual dental assistant salary of $49k. Coming in at #2 on the list are Haverhill, North Andover, and Amesbury in Massachusetts at $48k per year.

Not including Puerto Rico, the lowest paying state in the US for dental assistants is Utah with a $28k yearly salary. West Virginia was close behind with an average salary of $29k. While the pay varies between states, something to also consider is a potential lower standard of living.

How do dental assistant salaries compare to similar careers?

Dental assistants earn 17% less than similar careers in Virgin Islands. On average, they make less than clinical nurse specialists but more than personal care aides.

Career Median Salary
Clinical nurse specialist salary $54K
Registered nurse salary $54K
Medical and clinical laboratory technician salary $45K
Licensed practical nurse salary $39K
Medical secretary salary $32K
Dental assistant salary $31K
Pharmacy technician salary $31K
Medical assistant salary $25K
Personal care aide salary $23K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)