Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
309,540 0.9 % $17.13 $35,640 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.64 $13.86 $16.78 $20.18 $23.25
Annual Wage (2) $24,220 $28,820 $34,900 $41,980 $48,350


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 282,440 32.73 $17.15 $35,660
Offices of Physicians 6,890 0.28 $15.80 $32,860
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,900 0.19 $18.67 $38,840
Employment Services 3,290 0.10 $16.77 $34,890
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,010 0.10 $17.03 $35,420

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 282,440 32.73 $17.15 $35,660
Outpatient Care Centers 2,790 0.42 $16.94 $35,240
Offices of Physicians 6,890 0.28 $15.80 $32,860
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,900 0.19 $18.67 $38,840
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 270 0.10 $16.27 $33,830

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 140 0.06 $18.89 $39,280
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,900 0.19 $18.67 $38,840
State Government (OES Designation) 1,550 0.07 $18.40 $38,270
Facilities Support Services 70 0.05 $18.27 $38,000
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 40 0.01 $17.96 $37,360


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 45,510 3.09 1.32 $18.14 $37,730
Texas 23,520 2.15 0.92 $15.74 $32,740
New York 17,970 2.08 0.89 $17.12 $35,600
Florida 16,530 2.22 0.95 $16.49 $34,300
Illinois 14,270 2.50 1.07 $16.52 $34,360




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 4,830 3.88 1.66 $13.40 $27,860
Washington 9,220 3.26 1.40 $19.22 $39,980
Idaho 1,950 3.18 1.36 $14.89 $30,980
California 45,510 3.09 1.32 $18.14 $37,730
New Mexico 2,330 2.98 1.28 $15.31 $31,840




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 1,270 2.04 0.87 $21.06 $43,810
Alaska 960 2.97 1.27 $20.83 $43,330
Minnesota 5,210 1.94 0.83 $20.62 $42,900
Massachusetts 6,760 2.07 0.89 $20.15 $41,910
Connecticut 4,200 2.57 1.10 $19.58 $40,730





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 10,510 2.64 1.13 $17.73 $36,880
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 10,270 2.77 1.19 $16.69 $34,710
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 10,050 1.92 0.82 $17.40 $36,190
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 6,500 2.36 1.01 $16.11 $33,500
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 5,580 2.42 1.03 $17.07 $35,500
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 5,010 3.45 1.48 $16.91 $35,170
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,890 2.07 0.88 $18.76 $39,030
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 4,810 4.00 1.71 $16.10 $33,480
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 4,690 2.63 1.13 $18.41 $38,290
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,430 2.06 0.88 $16.47 $34,260