Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
314,330 0.8 % $17.43 $36,260 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.82 $14.07 $17.02 $20.58 $23.82
Annual Wage (2) $24,580 $29,260 $35,390 $42,810 $49,540


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 287,100 32.56 $17.44 $36,270
Offices of Physicians 6,360 0.26 $16.19 $33,670
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,880 0.20 $18.97 $39,460
Employment Services 3,740 0.11 $17.30 $35,990
Outpatient Care Centers 3,220 0.46 $17.19 $35,760

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 287,100 32.56 $17.44 $36,270
Outpatient Care Centers 3,220 0.46 $17.19 $35,760
Offices of Physicians 6,360 0.26 $16.19 $33,670
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,880 0.20 $18.97 $39,460
Employment Services 3,740 0.11 $17.30 $35,990

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 120 0.05 $19.50 $40,550
Insurance Carriers 40 (7) $19.41 $40,370
State Government (OES Designation) 1,470 0.07 $19.16 $39,850
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,880 0.20 $18.97 $39,460
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,970 0.04 $17.93 $37,300


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 47,630 3.15 1.35 $18.32 $38,100
Texas 23,750 2.11 0.91 $16.44 $34,190
New York 18,700 2.12 0.91 $17.09 $35,550
Florida 16,450 2.15 0.92 $16.88 $35,100
Illinois 13,290 2.30 0.99 $17.21 $35,800



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 4,910 3.84 1.65 $13.78 $28,670
Washington 9,790 3.38 1.45 $19.37 $40,290
California 47,630 3.15 1.35 $18.32 $38,100
Idaho 1,910 3.04 1.31 $15.93 $33,130
Alaska 980 3.02 1.30 $20.94 $43,550



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 1,310 2.09 0.90 $21.43 $44,580
Alaska 980 3.02 1.30 $20.94 $43,550
Minnesota 5,460 2.00 0.86 $20.75 $43,160
Massachusetts 7,200 2.17 0.93 $20.00 $41,590
North Dakota 690 1.57 0.67 $19.71 $40,990




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 11,380 2.80 1.21 $18.27 $38,000
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 10,880 2.02 0.87 $17.27 $35,930
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 9,130 2.43 1.05 $17.53 $36,460
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 6,230 2.61 1.12 $17.39 $36,170
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 5,990 2.11 0.91 $16.60 $34,520
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 5,270 3.55 1.53 $16.80 $34,950
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,010 2.24 0.96 $17.52 $36,440
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,940 2.08 0.89 $18.98 $39,490
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 4,800 3.84 1.65 $15.56 $32,370
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 4,710 3.16 1.36 $19.91 $41,410