Updated February 9, 2022
Average Dental Assistant Salary
$39,000 yearly
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$19.20 hourly

Entry level Salary
$29,000 yearly
$29,000
10 %
$39,000
Median
$53,000
90 %
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What is a Dental Assistant's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$53,000$4,417$25
75th Percentile$46,000$3,833$22
Average$39,946$3,329$19
25th Percentile$34,000$2,833$16
10th Percentile$29,000$2,417$14

Average Dental Assistant Salary By State

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Dental Assistant average salary by State

StateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
Alabama$33,135$15.9396
Alaska$48,328$23.2336
Arizona$36,370$17.49254
Arkansas$30,138$14.4949
California$41,549$19.981,082
Colorado$34,780$16.72342
Connecticut$44,133$21.22107
Delaware$43,359$20.8511
District of Columbia$39,232$18.8619
Florida$35,476$17.061,044
Georgia$38,829$18.67416
Hawaii$48,632$23.3821
Idaho$30,662$14.7449
Illinois$39,717$19.09376
Indiana$40,317$19.38198
Iowa$38,933$18.7293
Kansas$34,293$16.4977
Kentucky$36,552$17.57117
Louisiana$31,428$15.1176
Maine$45,453$21.8546
Maryland$43,925$21.12165
Massachusetts$48,012$23.08307
Michigan$40,729$19.58425
Minnesota$46,046$22.14321
Mississippi$29,076$13.9848
Missouri$33,721$16.21212
Montana$30,589$14.7131
Nebraska$33,590$16.1561
Nevada$39,202$18.8578
New Hampshire$42,601$20.4857
New Jersey$45,236$21.75199
New Mexico$31,607$15.20102
New York$43,053$20.70468
North Carolina$38,357$18.44242
North Dakota$36,622$17.6127
Ohio$37,581$18.07561
Oklahoma$31,112$14.96148
Oregon$45,206$21.73186
Pennsylvania$41,307$19.86408
Rhode Island$41,980$20.1823
South Carolina$40,448$19.45207
South Dakota$34,175$16.4329
Tennessee$37,005$17.79205
Texas$34,864$16.76744
Utah$33,243$15.9879
Vermont$46,452$22.3315
Virginia$44,150$21.23273
Washington$39,948$19.21458
West Virginia$34,616$16.6445
Wisconsin$36,577$17.59325
Wyoming$37,248$17.9110

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Boston, MA$47,933$23.04
Rochester, MN$46,309$22.26
Portland, ME$45,812$22.02
Salem, OR$45,702$21.97
Richmond, VA$44,073$21.19
Baltimore, MD$43,965$21.14

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How much does a Dental Assistant make?

  • The average Dental Assistant makes $39,946 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for a Dental Assistant is $19.2.
  • The average entry-level Dental Assistant salary is $29,000.
  • Highest paying states for Dental Assistant are Hawaii ($48,632), Alaska ($48,328), Massachusetts ($48,632) and Vermont ($48,632).
  • Highest paying cities for Dental Assistant are Anchorage, AK ($47,933), Rochester, MN, Portland, ME, Salem, OR and Richmond, VA.
  • Dental Assistants on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $29,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $53,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $46,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $34,000
  • Industries with the highest Dental Assistant salaries are Health Care, Education and Government.

Average Dental Assistant Salary Over Time

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    Dental Assistant Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2022$39,900$19.20+2.7%
    2021$38,900$18.69+3.5%
    2020$37,500$18.03+2.7%
    2019$36,500$17.55+1.8%
    2018$35,800$17.23+2.6%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Dental Assistant Salary
    Dental hygienists are professionals who provide preventative oral care under a dentist's supervision. They are concerned mostly in treating minor oral health conditions. They clean teeth, examine any signs of damage and oral diseases and provide dental recommendations and after-care treatment. They educate patients with proper oral hygiene and counseling about how good nutrition impacts oral health. They also teach them ways to improve and maintain good oral health.
    Sterile Technician

    Avg. salary: $34,756

    In the medical industry, a sterile technician is in charge of cleaning and sterilizing surgical and medical tools and devices. They must also operate and organize equipment, monitor the inventory of supplies, maintain official records, coordinate with staff, transport supplies, and keep the cleanliness of different operating areas, decontaminating them to maintain a safe and healthy workflow. Furthermore, a sterile technician must set-up and prepare equipment for procedures, all while adhering to the facility's safety policies and regulations.
    Dental Receptionist

    Avg. salary: $32,933

    A dental receptionist is responsible for performing administrative and clerical duties to support dental office operations and ensure that the patients receive the highest quality care services. Dental receptionists manage and schedule the patients' appointments, determine the availability of the dentist, process dental reports and service payments, and ensure the adequacy of dental inventories. They also organize the database system by updating patients' information, sending referrals to medical specialists, pulling-up patient charts, and responding to the patients' dental inquiries and concerns.
    Dental Technician

    Avg. salary: $58,448

    Dental Technicians manufacture dental prosthetics, such as crowns, bridges, and dentures in accordance with the dentist's specifications. They are also responsible for replacing, repairing, or modifying full or partial dentures.
    Dental Hygienist

    Avg. salary: $113,477

    Dental hygienists are professionals who provide preventative oral care under a dentist's supervision. They are concerned mostly in treating minor oral health conditions. They clean teeth, examine any signs of damage and oral diseases and provide dental recommendations and after-care treatment. They educate patients with proper oral hygiene and counseling about how good nutrition impacts oral health. They also teach them ways to improve and maintain good oral health.

    Average Salary By Related Field

    Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
    Sterile Technician$34,757$2,896$16.7128,361
    Dental Receptionist$32,933$2,744$15.8395,497
    Dental Technician$58,449$4,871$28.1046,119
    Dental Hygienist$113,477$9,456$54.5630,294
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    Dental Assistant Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a Dental Assistant can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Which Companies Pay Dental Assistants The Most?

    To earn a high income as a Dental Assistant, working for Brigham and Women's Hospital or North Shore Medical Center might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like University of Southern California and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance report highly competitive wages for Dental Assistants.

    And if you're looking for a job, here are the five top employers hiring now:

    1. Western Dental Jobs (457)
    2. Heartland Dental Jobs (186)
    3. Leonardo DRS Jobs (117)
    4. Us Navy Jobs (337)
    5. Pacific Dental Services Jobs (153)

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    Recently Added Dental Assistant Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Willamette Dental GroupDental AssistantPortland, OR01/31/2022$42,971
    Willamette Dental GroupDental AssistantHenderson, NV01/31/2022$42,971
    Willamette Dental GroupDental AssistantBillings, MT01/31/2022$39,778
    Willamette Dental GroupDental AssistantTucson, AZ01/31/2022$42,971
    Willamette Dental GroupDental AssistantSpokane, WA01/31/2022$39,778
    Willamette Dental GroupDental AssistantBakersfield, CA01/31/2022$42,971
    Docs HealthDental AssistantWilliamsburg, VA01/31/2022$41,740
    Dental Assistant In Centreville, VirginiaDental AssistantCentreville, VA01/31/2022$31,305
    Willamette Dental GroupDental AssistantMeridian, ID01/31/2022$42,971
    Willamette Dental GroupDental AssistantCheyenne, WY01/31/2022$42,971

    Average Dental Assistant Salary by Demographic

    Dental Assistant Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $40,425
    female-income
    Female Income
    $40,092
    GenderIncome
    Male$40,425
    Female$40,092
    Median Dental Assistant Income by Race
    Asian Dental Assistants have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or Latino Dental Assistants have the lowest average salary at $39,036.
    $45,000
    $36,000
    $27,000
    $18,000
    $9,000
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    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino

    Dental Assistant Income by Race

    EthnicitySalary
    White$39,541
    Black or African American$39,542
    Asian$41,489
    Hispanic or Latino$39,036
    Average Dental Assistant Salary by Education Level
    Dental Assistants with a Bachelors degree earn more than those without, at $42,493 annually. With a Associate degree, Dental Assistants earn a median annual income of $41,472 compared to $40,092 for Dental Assistants with an High School Diploma degree.
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    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree

    Dental Assistant Salary by Education Level

    EducationSalary
    High School Diploma or Less$40,092
    Bachelor's Degree$42,493
    Some College/ Associate Degree$41,472

    Dental Assistant Salaries FAQs

    What is a good starting salary for a Dental Assistant?

    A good starting salary for a dental assistant is $29,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for a dental assistant in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for dental assistants is $39,946, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for a dental assistant can vary by state.

    Do dental assistants get paid well?

    Yes, dental assistants get paid well. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the 2020 annual average salary for dental assistants at just over $40,000.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the 2020 average annual salary for all medical assistants at just over $35,000. So, dental assistants get paid, on average, more than their industry counterparts.

    Dental assistants also get paid more than other workers with only a high school diploma or equivalent, with those workers making a Department of Education average 2019 salary of $35,000. You can become a dental assistant with only a high school diploma, but it can be hard to get hired without a certification, degree, or experience.

    How much do dental assistants make an hour?

    Dental assistants make an average of roughly $20 an hour, with reported ranges from $17 to $21 per hour.

    Who are the highest-paid dental assistants?

    The highest-paid dental assistants have a Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) certification and industry experience.

    Dental assistants in Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Alaska are the highest paid in the United States, according to Forbes (2020). Dental assistants working in pediatrics and oral surgery also report some of the highest salaries.

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