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:
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 you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:
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:
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:
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.
Total Jobs: 5,630
Average Annual Salary: $47,210
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,590
Average Experienced Salary: $61,250
Location Quotient: 0.86
Total Jobs: 8,930
Average Annual Salary: $40,560
Average Entry Level Salary: $29,300
Average Experienced Salary: $53,180
Location Quotient: 0.9
Total Jobs: 9,480
Average Annual Salary: $35,780
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,380
Average Experienced Salary: $48,160
Location Quotient: 0.97
Total Jobs: 9,760
Average Annual Salary: $36,890
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,280
Average Experienced Salary: $50,140
Location Quotient: 0.99
Total Jobs: 8,230
Average Annual Salary: $40,690
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,750
Average Experienced Salary: $57,300
Location Quotient: 0.94
Total Jobs: 2,970
Average Annual Salary: $40,070
Average Entry Level Salary: $29,740
Average Experienced Salary: $51,410
Location Quotient: 0.83
Total Jobs: 4,130
Average Annual Salary: $34,410
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,070
Average Experienced Salary: $47,070
Location Quotient: 1.12
Total Jobs: 690
Average Annual Salary: $43,400
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,810
Average Experienced Salary: $61,450
Location Quotient: 0.69
Total Jobs: 28,210
Average Annual Salary: $35,770
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,910
Average Experienced Salary: $49,370
Location Quotient: 1.03
Total Jobs: 10,570
Average Annual Salary: $38,220
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,520
Average Experienced Salary: $53,370
Location Quotient: 0.85
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.
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