Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
300,160 1.0 % $16.86 $35,080 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.32 $13.64 $16.59 $19.86 $22.87
Annual Wage (2) $23,550 $28,380 $34,500 $41,310 $47,580


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 275,580 32.49 $16.86 $35,070
Offices of Physicians 6,200 0.26 $15.97 $33,210
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,930 0.19 $18.50 $38,480
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,630 0.09 $16.27 $33,840
Outpatient Care Centers 2,610 0.41 $16.77 $34,880

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 275,580 32.49 $16.86 $35,070
Outpatient Care Centers 2,610 0.41 $16.77 $34,880
Offices of Physicians 6,200 0.26 $15.97 $33,210
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,930 0.19 $18.50 $38,480
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 230 0.09 $15.75 $32,760

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Insurance Carriers (8) (8) $19.91 $41,420
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 130 0.05 $18.93 $39,380
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,930 0.19 $18.50 $38,480
Facilities Support Services 70 0.05 $18.18 $37,810
State Government (OES Designation) 1,700 0.08 $18.07 $37,590


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 43,470 3.04 1.32 $17.62 $36,660
Texas 22,720 2.15 0.93 $15.72 $32,700
New York 17,420 2.04 0.89 $17.09 $35,540
Florida 16,270 2.24 0.97 $16.29 $33,890
Illinois 13,350 2.37 1.03 $15.81 $32,890




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 4,390 3.66 1.59 $13.20 $27,460
Idaho 2,000 3.35 1.45 $15.13 $31,480
Washington 9,090 3.29 1.43 $18.96 $39,430
Alaska 1,050 3.29 1.43 $20.18 $41,970
California 43,470 3.04 1.32 $17.62 $36,660




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 1,250 2.03 0.88 $20.91 $43,480
Minnesota 5,180 1.96 0.85 $20.39 $42,420
Alaska 1,050 3.29 1.43 $20.18 $41,970
District of Columbia 590 0.90 0.39 $20.06 $41,730
Massachusetts 6,770 2.11 0.92 $19.85 $41,290





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 10,340 2.67 1.16 $16.85 $35,050
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,350 1.81 0.79 $17.63 $36,670
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 9,180 2.52 1.10 $15.94 $33,160
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 6,020 2.28 0.99 $16.04 $33,370
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 5,120 2.26 0.98 $17.84 $37,100
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 5,000 3.55 1.54 $17.59 $36,590
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,750 2.03 0.88 $19.40 $40,350
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 4,560 3.93 1.71 $15.80 $32,870
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,550 2.17 0.94 $16.96 $35,270
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 4,370 2.52 1.10 $16.82 $34,980