These Are The 10 Best States For Dental Assistants

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Dental Assistants are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as dental assistants in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.

Since dental assistants are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where dental assistants have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.

To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for dental assistants.

After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s dental assistants:

  1. Minnesota
  2. North Carolina
  3. Michigan
  4. Georgia
  5. Virginia
  6. Iowa
  7. Oklahoma
  8. North Dakota
  9. Texas
  10. Ohio

So there you have it — Dental Assistants is the best of the best when it comes to being a dental assistant.

How did Dental Assistants end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for dental assistants and for more on the top ten states.

If youÂ’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

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How we determined the best states to be a dental assistant

Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Higher Pay

So in order to find out the best states for dental assistants in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well dental assistants get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2016:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.

Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for dental assistants in California is $39,150 and the average salary in Illinois is $37,860, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.

In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for dental assistants in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for dental assistants.

1. Minnesota

Best States For Dental Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,630
Average Annual Salary: $47,210
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,590
Average Experienced Salary: $61,250
Location Quotient: 0.86

2. North Carolina

Best States For Dental Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 8,930
Average Annual Salary: $40,560
Average Entry Level Salary: $29,300
Average Experienced Salary: $53,180
Location Quotient: 0.9

3. Michigan

Best States For Dental Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 9,480
Average Annual Salary: $35,780
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,380
Average Experienced Salary: $48,160
Location Quotient: 0.97

4. Georgia

Best States For Dental Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 9,760
Average Annual Salary: $36,890
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,280
Average Experienced Salary: $50,140
Location Quotient: 0.99

5. Virginia

Best States For Dental Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 8,230
Average Annual Salary: $40,690
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,750
Average Experienced Salary: $57,300
Location Quotient: 0.94

6. Iowa

Best States For Dental Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,970
Average Annual Salary: $40,070
Average Entry Level Salary: $29,740
Average Experienced Salary: $51,410
Location Quotient: 0.83

7. Oklahoma

Best States For Dental Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,130
Average Annual Salary: $34,410
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,070
Average Experienced Salary: $47,070
Location Quotient: 1.12

8. North Dakota

Best States For Dental Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 690
Average Annual Salary: $43,400
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,810
Average Experienced Salary: $61,450
Location Quotient: 0.69

9. Texas

Best States For Dental Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 28,210
Average Annual Salary: $35,770
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,910
Average Experienced Salary: $49,370
Location Quotient: 1.03

10. Ohio

Best States For Dental Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 10,570
Average Annual Salary: $38,220
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,520
Average Experienced Salary: $53,370
Location Quotient: 0.85

There You Have It – The Best States To Be A Dental Assistant

If you’re looking to start out your career as a dental assistant these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.

If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be a dental assistant in America:

  1. West Virginia
  2. Louisiana
  3. New York

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For dental assistants

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Minnesota $47,210 $35,590 5,630
2 North Carolina $40,560 $29,300 8,930
3 Michigan $35,780 $25,380 9,480
4 Georgia $36,890 $25,280 9,760
5 Virginia $40,690 $27,750 8,230
6 Iowa $40,070 $29,740 2,970
7 Oklahoma $34,410 $25,070 4,130
8 North Dakota $43,400 $32,810 690
9 Texas $35,770 $24,910 28,210
10 Ohio $38,220 $26,520 10,570
11 Indiana $38,630 $27,120 5,430
12 Washington $40,530 $29,410 10,320
13 Nebraska $35,220 $26,060 2,180
14 Idaho $34,840 $25,590 2,110
15 Missouri $35,660 $25,950 5,500
16 New Hampshire $46,050 $33,930 1,300
17 Illinois $37,860 $25,260 12,280
18 Arizona $37,450 $26,870 6,710
19 Wisconsin $37,610 $27,220 5,690
20 Kentucky $34,550 $22,670 4,440
21 Wyoming $34,670 $24,560 640
22 Florida $37,420 $26,230 17,970
23 Tennessee $35,420 $22,980 5,400
24 Kansas $35,070 $20,000 2,940
25 Mississippi $32,740 $22,670 2,240
26 South Carolina $37,540 $27,370 3,920
27 Colorado $38,590 $25,900 6,690
28 Oregon $42,130 $29,210 5,270
29 Arkansas $32,280 $21,820 2,630
30 Alaska $45,390 $33,020 1,360
31 New Mexico $33,830 $24,210 2,530
32 Montana $34,610 $25,420 1,350
33 Maine $39,990 $28,510 1,170
34 New Jersey $41,460 $26,700 10,180
35 Utah $30,440 $22,030 5,010
36 Pennsylvania $35,660 $23,420 11,690
37 Vermont $42,330 $32,420 510
38 Nevada $36,350 $25,340 2,570
39 Connecticut $42,630 $29,370 3,830
40 South Dakota $35,120 $26,470 840
41 Delaware $37,070 $23,420 850
42 Massachusetts $44,070 $32,780 7,690
43 California $39,150 $24,730 48,350
44 Alabama $32,430 $22,120 3,250
45 Maryland $40,430 $26,260 5,690
46 Hawaii $36,280 $24,260 1,600
47 Rhode Island $40,520 $30,090 890
48 New York $36,500 $22,310 20,050
49 Louisiana $30,040 $21,260 3,790
50 West Virginia $27,920 $19,550 1,160
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