These Are The 10 States With The Highest Dental Assistant Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 8 months 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. Iowa
  3. North Dakota
  4. North Carolina
  5. Indiana
  6. Ohio
  7. Virginia
  8. Georgia
  9. Michigan
  10. Illinois

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 2016 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 $39150, so our index value would be:

$39,150 * (100 / 135.9) = $28,807

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.

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Detailed List Of Dental Assistant Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Minnesota $46,835 $47,210 100.8
2 Iowa $44,032 $40,070 91.0
3 North Dakota $43,661 $43,400 99.4
4 North Carolina $43,194 $40,560 93.9
5 Indiana $43,162 $38,630 89.5
6 Ohio $40,746 $38,220 93.8
7 Virginia $40,367 $40,690 100.8
8 Georgia $40,361 $36,890 91.4
9 Michigan $40,202 $35,780 89.0
10 Illinois $40,021 $37,860 94.6
11 Tennessee $39,619 $35,420 89.4
12 Missouri $39,446 $35,660 90.4
13 Texas $39,437 $35,770 90.7
14 New Hampshire $39,358 $46,050 117.0
15 Kansas $39,010 $35,070 89.9
16 Wisconsin $38,853 $37,610 96.8
17 Oklahoma $38,576 $34,410 89.2
18 Washington $38,526 $40,530 105.2
19 Nebraska $38,449 $35,220 91.6
20 Arizona $38,214 $37,450 98.0
21 Kentucky $38,176 $34,550 90.5
22 Mississippi $38,114 $32,740 85.9
23 Florida $38,067 $37,420 98.3
24 South Carolina $37,842 $37,540 99.2
25 Idaho $37,828 $34,840 92.1
26 Wyoming $37,766 $34,670 91.8
27 Colorado $37,177 $38,590 103.8
28 Arkansas $37,060 $32,280 87.1
29 Delaware $36,558 $37,070 101.4
30 Oregon $36,444 $42,130 115.6
31 Maine $36,092 $39,990 110.8
32 Alabama $35,559 $32,430 91.2
33 Nevada $35,188 $36,350 103.3
34 Pennsylvania $35,167 $35,660 101.4
35 New Mexico $35,056 $33,830 96.5
36 Vermont $34,954 $42,330 121.1
37 Alaska $34,622 $45,390 131.1
38 Montana $34,335 $34,610 100.8
39 New Jersey $34,011 $41,460 121.9
40 South Dakota $33,866 $35,120 103.7
41 Rhode Island $33,570 $40,520 120.7
42 Connecticut $33,382 $42,630 127.7
43 Massachusetts $33,035 $44,070 133.4
44 Utah $32,731 $30,440 93.0
45 Maryland $32,215 $40,430 125.5
46 Louisiana $31,687 $30,040 94.8
47 West Virginia $29,892 $27,920 93.4
48 California $28,807 $39,150 135.9
49 New York $27,862 $36,500 131.0
50 Hawaii $21,608 $36,280 167.9
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