Best Paying States for Dental Assistants

What is the average dental assistant salary?

As the dental industry continues to grow, more and more people are looking to pursue a career in the field as a dental assistant. Recent studies show that job outlook for the position is growing much faster than average at 19%. The aging population and ongoing research linking oral health to general health issues will continue to increase the demand for licensed/certified dental professionals.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, dental assistants median salary is about $37,630 per year, which comes out to roughly $18 per hour. These numbers don’t include benefits or bonuses. Here is the hourly breakdown below by state:

StateHourly WageAnnual Salary
Alabama - Dental Assistant Salary$15.1$31398
Alaska - Dental Assistant Salary$16.59$34500
Arizona - Dental Assistant Salary$16.39$34091
Arkansas - Dental Assistant Salary$14.33$29804
California - Dental Assistant Salary$16.77$34880
Colorado - Dental Assistant Salary$15.64$32536
Connecticut - Dental Assistant Salary$16.15$33598
Delaware - Dental Assistant Salary$16.29$33887
Florida - Dental Assistant Salary$13.78$28667
Georgia - Dental Assistant Salary$15.02$31238
Hawaii - Dental Assistant Salary$16.6$34531
Idaho - Dental Assistant Salary$16.59$34500
Illinois - Dental Assistant Salary$14.42$29995
Indiana - Dental Assistant Salary$15.35$31918
Iowa - Dental Assistant Salary$15.64$32525
Kansas - Dental Assistant Salary$14.22$29582
Kentucky - Dental Assistant Salary$15.4$32037
Louisiana - Dental Assistant Salary$15.74$32748
Maine - Dental Assistant Salary$14.34$29825
Maryland - Dental Assistant Salary$16.91$35179
Massachusetts - Dental Assistant Salary$17.99$37421
Michigan - Dental Assistant Salary$14.49$30129
Minnesota - Dental Assistant Salary$15.86$32981
Mississippi - Dental Assistant Salary$14.71$30594
Missouri - Dental Assistant Salary$14.39$29924
Montana - Dental Assistant Salary$16.59$34500
Nebraska - Dental Assistant Salary$16.36$34027
Nevada - Dental Assistant Salary$16.59$34500
New Hampshire - Dental Assistant Salary$16.19$33683
New Jersey - Dental Assistant Salary$15.53$32310
New Mexico - Dental Assistant Salary$14.98$31155
New York - Dental Assistant Salary$18.09$37634
North Carolina - Dental Assistant Salary$13.13$27317
North Dakota - Dental Assistant Salary$16.59$34500
Ohio - Dental Assistant Salary$15.34$31916
Oklahoma - Dental Assistant Salary$15.41$32056
Oregon - Dental Assistant Salary$15.64$32535
Pennsylvania - Dental Assistant Salary$15.77$32800
Rhode Island - Dental Assistant Salary$16.22$33736
South Carolina - Dental Assistant Salary$15.57$32395
South Dakota - Dental Assistant Salary$15.44$32109
Tennessee - Dental Assistant Salary$15.44$32117
Texas - Dental Assistant Salary$14.91$31018
Utah - Dental Assistant Salary$15.3$31834
Vermont - Dental Assistant Salary$16.59$34502
Virginia - Dental Assistant Salary$16.26$33819
Washington - Dental Assistant Salary$16.41$34124
West Virginia - Dental Assistant Salary$16.66$34656
Wisconsin - Dental Assistant Salary$15.15$31514
Wyoming - Dental Assistant Salary$16.59$34500

Full Time vs. Part Time

One of the most significant factors that influence the annual salaries of dental assistants nationwide is the number of hours they are clocking per week. We found that the average dental assistant typically works 36-37hrs per week which is more what is considered full-time (35+ hours per week).
In contrast, professionals who work part-time averaged around 24-26hrs per week. For these dental assistants, choosing to add on just one day a week at $18/hour can add almost $7000 to dental assistants yearly income.

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