Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
323,110 0.9 % $17.75 $36,920 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.00 $14.22 $17.30 $21.09 $24.35
Annual Wage (2) $24,950 $29,580 $35,980 $43,860 $50,660


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 294,990 32.81 $17.75 $36,920
Offices of Physicians 6,080 0.24 $16.70 $34,740
Employment Services 4,320 0.12 $17.47 $36,340
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,920 0.20 $19.19 $39,910
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,420 0.11 $18.18 $37,810

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 294,990 32.81 $17.75 $36,920
Outpatient Care Centers 3,340 0.45 $17.46 $36,320
Offices of Physicians 6,080 0.24 $16.70 $34,740
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,920 0.20 $19.19 $39,910
Employment Services 4,320 0.12 $17.47 $36,340

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Insurance Carriers 80 0.01 $20.34 $42,310
State Government (OES Designation) 1,470 0.07 $19.54 $40,640
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 130 0.05 $19.50 $40,560
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 40 0.03 $19.27 $40,080
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,920 0.20 $19.19 $39,910


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 49,210 3.18 1.36 $18.62 $38,730
Texas 26,380 2.28 0.97 $16.95 $35,260
New York 19,580 2.18 0.93 $17.20 $35,770
Florida 17,350 2.19 0.93 $17.20 $35,780
Illinois 13,200 2.25 0.96 $17.85 $37,120



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 1,260 3.86 1.65 $21.42 $44,560
Utah 5,030 3.80 1.62 $14.18 $29,490
Washington 9,870 3.31 1.41 $19.55 $40,660
California 49,210 3.18 1.36 $18.62 $38,730
New Mexico 2,430 3.05 1.30 $15.87 $33,020



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 1,360 2.13 0.91 $21.87 $45,480
Alaska 1,260 3.86 1.65 $21.42 $44,560
Minnesota 5,520 1.99 0.85 $21.26 $44,220
Massachusetts 7,370 2.17 0.93 $20.23 $42,080
North Dakota 690 1.55 0.66 $20.19 $42,000




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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 14,130 2.18 0.93 $17.34 $36,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 11,480 2.80 1.19 $18.31 $38,080
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 8,420 2.36 1.01 $18.07 $37,600
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 6,700 2.29 0.98 $17.09 $35,540
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 6,500 2.62 1.12 $18.20 $37,860
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,700 2.45 1.04 $17.84 $37,110
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 5,550 3.64 1.55 $16.63 $34,580
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 5,070 2.10 0.89 $19.92 $41,440
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,850 2.58 1.10 $18.59 $38,670
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 4,730 3.61 1.54 $15.92 $33,120