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How Much Does a Dental Assistant Earn In The United States?

Dental Assistant Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$34,000
$25,000
$34,000
$46,000
Did you know that the average dental assistant makes $34,439 per year? That's valued at $16.56 per hour! The range surrounding that average can vary between $25,000 and $46,000, meaning dental assistants have the opportunity to earn more once they move past entry-level roles. Most dental assistants find a job with health care and manufacturing companies, while others work for health care, government, and education companies to make more money. Those aren't the only places you can earn a higher paycheck. Rhode Island, Oregon and Massachusetts are the top states in the U.S. to pay dental assistants the highest salaries.
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Where Dental Assistants Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where dental assistants earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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How Much Do Dental Assistants Earn In Different Cities?

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to Rhode Island, Oregon and Massachusetts, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for dental assistants. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are New Mexico, Arkansas, and South Dakota.
Location
City
Average Salary
Portland, OR
Salary Range34k - 51k$42k$42,323
Boston, MA
Salary Range33k - 51k$42k$41,546
Anchorage, AK
Salary Range34k - 48k$41k$40,576

Rochester, NH

Salary Range33k - 49k$40k$40,382
Washington, DC
Salary Range32k - 48k$40k$39,937
Seattle, WA
Salary Range32k - 48k$40k$39,775
Minneapolis, MN
Salary Range32k - 47k$40k$39,515

Portland, ME

Salary Range32k - 47k$39k$39,299
Baltimore, MD
Salary Range31k - 46k$38k$38,305
Richmond, VA
Salary Range31k - 46k$38k$37,896
$28k
$51k

High Paying Dental Assistant Jobs

Which Companies Pay Dental Assistants The Most?

To earn a high income as a dental assistant, working for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center or Christiana Care Health Services, Inc. might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like PARKVIEW ADVENTIST MED CENT and Navarro Research and Engineering report highly competitive salaries for dental assistants.
Company
Company
Average Salary
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Salary Range86k - 120k$102k$102,015
Christiana Care Health Services, Inc.
Salary Range75k - 108k$90k$90,229
PARKVIEW ADVENTIST MED CENT
Salary Range64k - 121k$88k$88,347
Navarro Research and Engineering
Salary Range68k - 94k$81k$80,625
St. Luke's University Hospital Bethlehem
Salary Range49k - 101k$71k$70,986
University Physicians Inc
Salary Range49k - 100k$70k$70,256
Penn State Children's Hospital (Hershey Campus)
Salary Range45k - 78k$60k$59,500
St Mary's Health System Inc
Salary Range38k - 89k$59k$59,133
Christ Hospital
Salary Range39k - 68k$52k$51,903
Bucher & Christian Consulting
Salary Range37k - 58k$47k$46,996
$29k
$121k

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Dental Assistant Salary History

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    How Experience Affects Dental Assistant Salaries

    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.

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