Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

31-9091 Dental Assistants

Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
294,030 0.9 % $16.41 $34,140 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.90 $13.18 $16.09 $19.19 $22.64
Annual Wage (2) $22,680 $27,400 $33,470 $39,920 $47,090


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists 272,080 33.03 $16.40 $34,120
Offices of Physicians 4,990 0.22 $15.17 $31,540
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,610 0.18 $18.33 $38,130
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,470 0.09 $16.19 $33,670
Employment Services 2,260 0.09 $16.66 $34,650

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists 272,080 33.03 $16.40 $34,120
Outpatient Care Centers 2,230 0.38 $16.61 $34,550
Offices of Physicians 4,990 0.22 $15.17 $31,540
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,610 0.18 $18.33 $38,130
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,470 0.09 $16.19 $33,670

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 90 0.04 $18.58 $38,650
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,610 0.18 $18.33 $38,130
State Government (OES Designation) 1,730 0.08 $17.14 $35,650
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 150 0.06 $17.12 $35,610
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,590 0.03 $17.12 $35,610


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 44,410 3.17 1.37 $16.97 $35,290
Texas 20,800 2.06 0.89 $15.29 $31,800
New York 16,730 2.01 0.87 $16.55 $34,430
Florida 14,770 2.08 0.90 $15.96 $33,210
Illinois 11,510 2.08 0.90 $16.00 $33,270




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,140 3.69 1.59 $20.20 $42,020
Utah 4,210 3.67 1.59 $13.44 $27,950
Washington 9,690 3.60 1.56 $18.37 $38,220
Idaho 2,000 3.36 1.45 $14.74 $30,660
California 44,410 3.17 1.37 $16.97 $35,290




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 430 0.67 0.29 $22.90 $47,630
Alaska 1,140 3.69 1.59 $20.20 $42,020
New Hampshire 1,540 2.55 1.10 $20.02 $41,640
Minnesota 5,320 2.07 0.90 $19.79 $41,170
Connecticut 3,760 2.35 1.02 $19.32 $40,180

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 10,710 2.81 1.21 $15.00 $31,200
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,360 1.88 0.81 $17.49 $36,380
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 7,580 2.14 0.93 $16.43 $34,180
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 5,940 2.38 1.03 $15.48 $32,190
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 5,250 3.82 1.65 $16.85 $35,040
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,910 2.23 0.96 $17.32 $36,020
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,740 2.81 1.22 $16.52 $34,370
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,480 1.96 0.85 $18.95 $39,420
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 4,270 3.17 1.37 $18.94 $39,400
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 3,970 3.48 1.51 $15.20 $31,610




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Logan, UT-ID 270 5.71 2.47 $11.14 $23,180
Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA 90 5.43 2.35 $14.11 $29,360
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 610 5.21 2.25 $19.25 $40,040
St. George, UT 220 4.94 2.13 $13.70 $28,490
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 1,230 4.81 2.08 $19.08 $39,680
Provo-Orem, UT 790 4.71 2.04 $15.26 $31,730
Idaho Falls, ID 220 4.51 1.95 $13.31 $27,690
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 860 4.51 1.95 $12.24 $25,460
Yakima, WA 350 4.49 1.94 $15.46 $32,160
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 190 4.43 1.91 $18.98 $39,470