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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Registered Dental Assistant Salary

$43,775 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$21.05 hourly

Entry level Salary
$31,000 yearly
$31,000
10 %
$43,775
Median
$60,000
90 %

How much does a Registered Dental Assistant make?

Registered dental assistants make $43,775 per year on average, or $21.05 per hour, in the United States. Registered dental assistants on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $31,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $60,000.

Location impacts how much a registered dental assistant can expect to make. Registered dental assistants make the most in Hawaii, Oregon, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Virginia.

Highest Paying States For Registered Dental Assistants

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

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Registered Dental Assistant average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Oregon$52,674$25.32125
2Massachusetts$51,902$24.95157
3Maine$47,793$22.9829
4Minnesota$47,230$22.71248
5South Carolina$45,658$21.95143
6Alaska$50,270$24.1727
7Virginia$50,487$24.27174
8Pennsylvania$46,310$22.26221
9Michigan$44,265$21.28268
10Nevada$45,738$21.9948
11Washington$45,716$21.98364
12California$50,190$24.13806
13Vermont$48,840$23.488
14Connecticut$48,657$23.3951
15Maryland$49,730$23.91101
16New York$47,977$23.07239
17Indiana$43,254$20.80142
18New Jersey$50,616$24.3379
19New Hampshire$45,502$21.8829
20Georgia$42,963$20.66279
21Delaware$49,140$23.635
22Hawaii$55,272$26.5710
23Rhode Island$45,823$22.0313
24North Carolina$43,440$20.88153
25Florida$40,662$19.55790
26Arizona$41,556$19.98184
27Ohio$41,200$19.81179
28Tennessee$39,759$19.11159
29Illinois$42,020$20.20218
30Wisconsin$38,567$18.54229
31Kentucky$39,397$18.9480
32Iowa$39,943$19.2043
33Colorado$37,061$17.82223
34New Mexico$35,424$17.0372
35Wyoming$39,210$18.852
36District of Columbia$44,493$21.3913
37North Dakota$37,419$17.9910
38Missouri$34,979$16.82195
39West Virginia$38,513$18.5218
40Texas$35,250$16.95456
41Oklahoma$33,161$15.94118
42Kansas$35,524$17.0850
43South Dakota$34,853$16.7615
44Alabama$36,245$17.4356
45Utah$37,489$18.0218
46Nebraska$34,292$16.4930
47Idaho$34,660$16.6625
48Louisiana$34,739$16.7041
49Arkansas$32,075$15.4231
50Montana$32,335$15.5510
51Mississippi$31,632$15.2115

Highest Paying Cities For Registered Dental Assistants

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1San Rafael, CA$52,935$25.45
2Seattle, WA$46,807$22.50
3Bay City, MI$43,894$21.10
4American Fork, UT$37,555$18.06
5San Antonio, TX$36,272$17.44
6Monroe, LA$33,773$16.24
7Oklahoma City, OK$33,244$15.98
8Little Rock, AR$32,397$15.58

Registered Dental Assistant Salary Details

Registered Dental Assistant Salary

What is a Registered Dental Assistant's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$60,000$5,000$29
75th Percentile$51,000$4,250$25
Average$43,775$3,648$21
25th Percentile$36,000$3,000$17
10th Percentile$31,000$2,583$15

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Dental Nurse$76,572$6,381$36.8135,787
Dental Technician$58,449$4,871$28.1045,536

Which Companies Pay Registered Dental Assistants The Most?

The highest paying companies for registered dental assistants are University of Southern California and Arkansas Children's Hospital according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Cooper University Health Care and The Reserves Network report highly competitive wages for registered dental assistants.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1University of Southern California$94,045$45.2139
2Arkansas Children's Hospital$72,730$34.974
3Cooper University Health Care$52,170$25.0853
4The Reserves Network$47,597$22.8822
5San Ysidro Health Center$45,030$21.6532
6Interdent$44,873$21.57
7San Diego American Indian Health Center$43,775$21.05
8Sacramento Native American Health Center$43,775$21.05
9ARIA HEALTH$43,775$21.05
10Chapa-De Indian Health$43,775$21.05
11County Of Ventura$43,775$21.05
12Children's Dental Services$43,775$21.05
13Comprehensive Community Health Centers$43,775$21.05
14My Community Dental Centers$43,775$21.05
15Avenue 360 Health and Wellness$43,775$21.05
16Michigan Dental Association$43,775$21.05
17AltaMed Health Services$43,775$21.05
18SAC Health$43,775$21.05
19Children's Choice Child Care Services$43,775$21.05
20Southern Indian Health Council$43,775$21.05

Registered Dental Assistant Salary Trends

The salary for a registered 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.

Average Registered Dental Assistant Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Registered Dental Assistant Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$43,800$21.05+2.7%
    2021$42,600$20.48+3.5%
    2020$41,100$19.76+2.7%
    2019$40,000$19.23+1.8%
    2018$39,300$18.88+2.6%

    Recently Added Registered Dental Assistant Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Chula Vista Dental CareRegistered Dental AssistantChula Vista, CA06/01/2022$41,740
    Smileinsight DentalRegistered Dental AssistantSan Diego, CA06/01/2022$41,740
    Niloofar Behzadi-Shannon DDSRegistered Dental AssistantSan Diego, CA06/01/2022$52,175
    Point Loma Children's DentistryRegistered Dental AssistantSan Diego, CA06/01/2022$41,740
    Seaside Pediatric Dentistry and OrthodonticsRegistered Dental AssistantSan Diego, CA06/01/2022$37,566
    Nelson Y. Howard, D.D.S.Registered Dental AssistantSan Marcos, CA06/01/2022$56,349
    Brian Davey DDSRegistered Dental AssistantSan Diego, CA06/01/2022$56,349
    Myrna E Lazaga DMDRegistered Dental AssistantNational City, CA06/01/2022$37,566
    Civic DentalRegistered Dental AssistantVista, CA06/01/2022$48,001
    Whittier Family Dental OfficeRegistered Dental AssistantWhittier, CA06/01/2022$52,175

    Registered Dental Assistant Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Registered Dental Assistants the most?

    Hawaii pays Registered Dental Assistants the most in the United States, with an average salary of $55,272 per year, or $26.57 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Registered Dental Assistant?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Registered Dental Assistant if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Oregon you should be paid close to $52,674 per year.

    What type of Registered Dental Assistant gets paid the most?

    Dental Officer gets paid the most. Dental Officer made a median salary of $130,027. The best-paid 10 percent make $180,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $93,000.

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