Dental assistants are below average when it comes to happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, dental assistants rate their career happiness 3.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 32% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy dental assistants are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Physician assistant
3.0
$112k
Health services manager
3.0
$100k
Occupational therapist assistant
3.0
$51k
Surgical technologist
3.0
$42k
Dental assistant
3.0
$32k
Medical transcriptionist
3.0
$32k
Diagnostic medical sonographer
3.0
$74k
Optometrist
3.0
$115k
Hearing aid specialist
2.9
$53k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are dental assistants happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do dental assistants find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as dental assistants?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are dental assistant’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are dental assistants making the best use of their abilities?

Are dental assistants happy with their salary?