The 10 States With The Highest Dental Assistant Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 1 month ago

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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do dental assistants get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for dental assistants by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for dental assistants by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for dental assistants after this adjustment? That would be Dental Assistants.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Minnesota
  2. North Dakota
  3. Indiana
  4. Iowa
  5. North Carolina
  6. Virginia
  7. Missouri
  8. Tennessee
  9. Michigan
  10. New Hampshire

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for dental assistants from the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $41030, so our index value would be:

$41,030 * (100 / 135.9) = $30,191

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for dental assistants.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Dental Assistant Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Minnesota $49,484 $49,880 100.8
2 North Dakota $46,921 $46,640 99.4
3 Indiana $45,575 $40,790 89.5
4 Iowa $45,164 $41,100 91.0
5 North Carolina $44,504 $41,790 93.9
6 Virginia $44,285 $44,640 100.8
7 Missouri $42,422 $38,350 90.4
8 Tennessee $42,069 $37,610 89.4
9 Michigan $41,730 $37,140 89.0
10 New Hampshire $41,675 $48,760 117.0
11 Illinois $41,617 $39,370 94.6
12 Ohio $41,535 $38,960 93.8
13 Washington $41,520 $43,680 105.2
14 Arizona $41,510 $40,680 98.0
15 Kansas $41,201 $37,040 89.9
16 Oklahoma $40,975 $36,550 89.2
17 Texas $40,595 $36,820 90.7
18 Delaware $40,493 $41,060 101.4
19 Florida $40,274 $39,590 98.3
20 Nebraska $40,240 $36,860 91.6
21 Georgia $40,164 $36,710 91.4
22 South Carolina $40,070 $39,750 99.2
23 Wisconsin $39,907 $38,630 96.8
24 Kentucky $39,845 $36,060 90.5
25 Arkansas $39,127 $34,080 87.1
26 Colorado $38,911 $40,390 103.8
27 Pennsylvania $38,658 $39,200 101.4
28 Wyoming $38,366 $35,220 91.8
29 Mississippi $38,300 $32,900 85.9
30 Maine $38,131 $42,250 110.8
31 Idaho $37,785 $34,800 92.1
32 Oregon $37,577 $43,440 115.6
33 Nevada $37,018 $38,240 103.3
34 Montana $37,013 $37,310 100.8
35 Alabama $36,896 $33,650 91.2
36 South Dakota $36,470 $37,820 103.7
37 Rhode Island $36,213 $43,710 120.7
38 New Mexico $36,134 $34,870 96.5
39 Alaska $36,102 $47,330 131.1
40 New Jersey $35,365 $43,110 121.9
41 Vermont $35,210 $42,640 121.1
42 Connecticut $34,862 $44,520 127.7
43 Massachusetts $34,535 $46,070 133.4
44 Louisiana $34,113 $32,340 94.8
45 Utah $33,634 $31,280 93.0
46 West Virginia $33,629 $31,410 93.4
47 Maryland $33,529 $42,080 125.5
48 California $30,191 $41,030 135.9
49 New York $29,870 $39,130 131.0
50 Hawaii $23,144 $38,860 167.9
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