Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
296,810 0.9 % $16.70 $34,740 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.10 $13.44 $16.42 $19.62 $22.80
Annual Wage (2) $23,080 $27,950 $34,140 $40,820 $47,420


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 273,320 32.70 $16.69 $34,710
Offices of Physicians 5,710 0.24 $15.74 $32,740
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,890 0.19 $18.35 $38,180
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,720 0.10 $16.25 $33,790
Employment Services 2,590 0.09 $16.82 $34,990

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 273,320 32.70 $16.69 $34,710
Outpatient Care Centers 2,310 0.38 $16.86 $35,070
Offices of Physicians 5,710 0.24 $15.74 $32,740
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,890 0.19 $18.35 $38,180
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,720 0.10 $16.25 $33,790

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Insurance Carriers (8) (8) $19.68 $40,940
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 100 0.05 $18.77 $39,040
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,890 0.19 $18.35 $38,180
State Government (OES Designation) 1,740 0.08 $17.69 $36,790
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,600 0.03 $17.47 $36,340


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 43,640 3.11 1.34 $17.51 $36,420
Texas 22,700 2.20 0.95 $15.17 $31,550
New York 17,760 2.11 0.91 $17.06 $35,490
Florida 15,490 2.17 0.94 $15.97 $33,220
Illinois 12,530 2.25 0.97 $15.56 $32,360




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)
Utah 4,130 3.54 1.53 $13.84 $28,780
Alaska 1,100 3.52 1.52 $20.44 $42,520
Idaho 2,080 3.51 1.52 $14.42 $30,000
Washington 9,390 3.45 1.49 $18.62 $38,720
California 43,640 3.11 1.34 $17.51 $36,420




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 460 0.71 0.31 $23.09 $48,040
Alaska 1,100 3.52 1.52 $20.44 $42,520
New Hampshire 1,400 2.30 1.00 $20.44 $42,510
Minnesota 5,260 2.03 0.88 $20.43 $42,500
Massachusetts 6,140 1.94 0.84 $19.85 $41,280





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 10,440 2.73 1.18 $16.35 $34,000
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,730 1.92 0.83 $17.78 $36,980
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 8,650 2.41 1.04 $15.65 $32,550
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 6,710 2.63 1.14 $14.80 $30,790
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,700 2.11 0.91 $17.70 $36,820
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 4,570 3.30 1.43 $18.06 $37,560
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 4,440 2.61 1.13 $17.56 $36,520
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,420 1.91 0.83 $20.03 $41,670
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,380 2.14 0.93 $16.20 $33,690
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 4,020 3.52 1.52 $15.57 $32,390