The 10 Best States For Dental Assistants In 2019

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. Washington
  2. Minnesota
  3. North Carolina
  4. Michigan
  5. Indiana
  6. North Dakota
  7. Virginia
  8. Iowa
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Texas

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:

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 2018:

  • 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 $41,030 and the average salary in Illinois is $39,370, 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. Washington

Best States For Dental Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 10,510
Average Annual Salary: $43,680
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,960
Average Experienced Salary: $59,620
Location Quotient: 1.37

2. Minnesota

Best States For Dental Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,730
Average Annual Salary: $49,880
Average Entry Level Salary: $38,460
Average Experienced Salary: $62,620
Location Quotient: 0.85

3. North Carolina

Best States For Dental Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 9,420
Average Annual Salary: $41,790
Average Entry Level Salary: $30,600
Average Experienced Salary: $54,420
Location Quotient: 0.91

4. Michigan

Best States For Dental Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 9,960
Average Annual Salary: $37,140
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,010
Average Experienced Salary: $49,870
Location Quotient: 0.98

5. Indiana

Best States For Dental Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,090
Average Annual Salary: $40,790
Average Entry Level Salary: $28,530
Average Experienced Salary: $55,740
Location Quotient: 0.85

6. North Dakota

Best States For Dental Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 780
Average Annual Salary: $46,640
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,920
Average Experienced Salary: $64,800
Location Quotient: 0.79

7. Virginia

Best States For Dental Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 8,520
Average Annual Salary: $44,640
Average Entry Level Salary: $28,900
Average Experienced Salary: $63,500
Location Quotient: 0.94

8. Iowa

Best States For Dental Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,040
Average Annual Salary: $41,100
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,130
Average Experienced Salary: $52,050
Location Quotient: 0.84

9. Oklahoma

Best States For Dental Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,020
Average Annual Salary: $36,550
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,750
Average Experienced Salary: $48,970
Location Quotient: 1.07

10. Texas

Best States For Dental Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 30,290
Average Annual Salary: $36,820
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,980
Average Experienced Salary: $50,060
Location Quotient: 1.06

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. New York
  3. Vermont

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For dental assistants

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Washington $43,680 $31,960 10,510
2 Minnesota $49,880 $38,460 5,730
3 North Carolina $41,790 $30,600 9,420
4 Michigan $37,140 $27,010 9,960
5 Indiana $40,790 $28,530 6,090
6 North Dakota $46,640 $33,920 780
7 Virginia $44,640 $28,900 8,520
8 Iowa $41,100 $32,130 3,040
9 Oklahoma $36,550 $26,750 4,020
10 Texas $36,820 $25,980 30,290
11 Arizona $40,680 $29,260 6,850
12 New Hampshire $48,760 $35,400 1,340
13 Kansas $37,040 $25,760 3,000
14 Missouri $38,350 $27,150 5,300
15 Nebraska $36,860 $27,540 2,240
16 Illinois $39,370 $26,720 12,820
17 Kentucky $36,060 $24,870 4,710
18 Ohio $38,960 $26,170 10,590
19 Florida $39,590 $28,190 19,180
20 Tennessee $37,610 $22,930 6,070
21 South Carolina $39,750 $28,720 4,550
22 Idaho $34,800 $25,840 2,230
23 Colorado $40,390 $27,250 7,910
24 Arkansas $34,080 $23,050 2,840
25 Wisconsin $38,630 $27,850 6,060
26 Wyoming $35,220 $25,670 610
27 New Mexico $34,870 $26,610 2,670
28 Montana $37,310 $27,530 1,310
29 Oregon $43,440 $31,500 5,040
30 Georgia $36,710 $25,150 8,590
31 Delaware $41,060 $25,680 810
32 Alaska $47,330 $31,750 1,110
33 Maine $42,250 $33,020 1,210
34 New Jersey $43,110 $29,060 11,010
35 Mississippi $32,900 $22,100 2,200
36 Pennsylvania $39,200 $26,070 11,130
37 South Dakota $37,820 $27,350 940
38 Connecticut $44,520 $32,950 3,960
39 Nevada $38,240 $27,020 2,730
40 Utah $31,280 $21,260 5,060
41 Massachusetts $46,070 $33,780 8,110
42 Rhode Island $43,710 $33,340 880
43 California $41,030 $26,960 53,110
44 Louisiana $32,340 $21,920 4,470
45 Alabama $33,650 $21,700 3,160
46 Maryland $42,080 $27,080 6,020
47 Hawaii $38,860 $27,060 1,580
48 Vermont $42,640 $28,690 460
49 New York $39,130 $26,400 19,110
50 West Virginia $31,410 $20,350 1,200
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