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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

31-9091 Dental Assistants

Perform limited clinical duties under the direction of a dentist. Clinical duties may include equipment preparation and sterilization, preparing patients for treatment, assisting the dentist during treatment, and providing patients with instructions for oral healthcare procedures. May perform administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes.


National estimates for Dental Assistants
Industry profile for Dental Assistants
Geographic profile for Dental Assistants

National estimates for Dental Assistants: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Dental Assistants:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
312,140 0.9 % $ 20.34 $ 42,310 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Dental Assistants:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.91 $ 16.57 $ 19.80 $ 23.95 $ 28.07
Annual Wage (2) $ 28,940 $ 34,470 $ 41,180 $ 49,810 $ 58,390


Industry profile for Dental Assistants: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Dental Assistants are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Dental Assistants, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Dental Assistants:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists 279,850 33.06 $ 20.34 $ 42,300
Offices of Physicians 7,360 0.28 $ 19.23 $ 39,990
Outpatient Care Centers 5,500 0.57 $ 20.17 $ 41,940
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 3,670 0.18 $ 21.76 $ 45,260
Employment Services 3,610 0.11 $ 19.93 $ 41,450

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Dental Assistants:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists 279,850 33.06 $ 20.34 $ 42,300
Outpatient Care Centers 5,500 0.57 $ 20.17 $ 41,940
Offices of Physicians 7,360 0.28 $ 19.23 $ 39,990
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 3,670 0.18 $ 21.76 $ 45,260
Employment Services 3,610 0.11 $ 19.93 $ 41,450

Top paying industries for Dental Assistants:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,260 0.06 $ 24.08 $ 50,080
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) (8) (8) $ 22.29 $ 46,370
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 340 0.11 $ 22.16 $ 46,090
Management of Companies and Enterprises 140 0.01 $ 22.12 $ 46,010
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,180 0.04 $ 21.93 $ 45,620


Geographic profile for Dental Assistants: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Dental Assistants are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Dental Assistants, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Dental Assistants:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 47,140 2.87 1.28 $ 21.61 $ 44,940
Texas 29,950 2.48 1.10 $ 19.08 $ 39,680
Florida 20,690 2.45 1.09 $ 19.79 $ 41,170
New York 14,420 1.66 0.74 $ 20.74 $ 43,150
Illinois 11,390 2.02 0.90 $ 19.61 $ 40,780




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Dental Assistants:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utah 5,640 3.79 1.69 $ 16.76 $ 34,850
Colorado 8,390 3.26 1.45 $ 21.12 $ 43,930
New Mexico 2,460 3.13 1.40 $ 17.98 $ 37,410
Alaska 920 3.12 1.39 $ 24.63 $ 51,230
Montana 1,420 3.11 1.39 $ 17.95 $ 37,330




Top paying states for Dental Assistants:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 5,110 1.89 0.84 $ 25.80 $ 53,670
Massachusetts 6,020 1.80 0.80 $ 24.88 $ 51,750
Alaska 920 3.12 1.39 $ 24.63 $ 51,230
New Hampshire 1,150 1.85 0.82 $ 24.43 $ 50,820
Oregon 4,550 2.52 1.12 $ 23.23 $ 48,320





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Dental Assistants:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 16,680 2.86 1.28 $ 19.83 $ 41,250
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 16,250 1.84 0.82 $ 21.45 $ 44,610
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 9,580 2.67 1.19 $ 20.72 $ 43,110
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 8,740 2.00 0.89 $ 20.36 $ 42,350
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 7,070 2.82 1.26 $ 19.35 $ 40,250
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 7,010 2.36 1.05 $ 18.35 $ 38,170
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 5,680 2.69 1.20 $ 20.38 $ 42,380
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 5,630 2.41 1.08 $ 25.72 $ 53,510
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,410 1.79 0.80 $ 24.64 $ 51,250
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,050 1.92 0.85 $ 20.86 $ 43,390




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Dental Assistants:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pocatello, ID 240 7.25 3.23 $ 14.56 $ 30,280
Johnstown, PA 250 5.41 2.41 $ 18.14 $ 37,730
Provo-Orem, UT 1,320 5.20 2.32 $ 15.94 $ 33,160
Yakima, WA 440 4.87 2.17 $ 19.75 $ 41,070
Pueblo, CO 280 4.78 2.13 $ 19.87 $ 41,330
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 1,200 4.61 2.05 $ 15.59 $ 32,420
Colorado Springs, CO 1,270 4.55 2.03 $ 20.08 $ 41,760
Bellingham, WA 370 4.54 2.02 $ 22.50 $ 46,810
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 210 4.53 2.02 $ 21.02 $ 43,720
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 390 4.51 2.01 $ 21.71 $ 45,170