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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
341,060 0.9 % $19.12 $39,770 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.95 $15.48 $18.59 $22.63 $26.35
Annual Wage (2) $26,940 $32,200 $38,660 $47,070 $54,800


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 308,170 32.57 $19.12 $39,770
Offices of Physicians 7,800 0.30 $17.78 $36,980
Outpatient Care Centers 5,170 0.56 $19.16 $39,850
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,740 0.19 $20.60 $42,850
Employment Services 3,420 0.09 $19.18 $39,890

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 308,170 32.57 $19.12 $39,770
Outpatient Care Centers 5,170 0.56 $19.16 $39,850
Offices of Physicians 7,800 0.30 $17.78 $36,980
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 620 0.20 $17.22 $35,820
Office Administrative Services 1,010 0.20 $18.84 $39,180

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 60 (7) $21.51 $44,730
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,340 0.06 $21.49 $44,690
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (8) (8) $21.39 $44,500
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,740 0.19 $20.60 $42,850
Technical and Trade Schools (8) (8) $20.45 $42,540


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 53,110 3.12 1.33 $19.72 $41,030
Texas 30,290 2.50 1.06 $17.70 $36,820
Florida 19,180 2.23 0.95 $19.03 $39,590
New York 19,110 2.04 0.86 $18.81 $39,130
Illinois 12,820 2.14 0.91 $18.93 $39,370




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 1,110 3.52 1.49 $22.75 $47,330
Utah 5,060 3.48 1.48 $15.04 $31,280
New Mexico 2,670 3.29 1.39 $16.76 $34,870
Washington 10,510 3.23 1.37 $21.00 $43,680
Idaho 2,230 3.16 1.34 $16.73 $34,800




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 5,730 2.00 0.85 $23.98 $49,880
District of Columbia 540 0.75 0.32 $23.66 $49,220
New Hampshire 1,340 2.05 0.87 $23.44 $48,760
Alaska 1,110 3.52 1.49 $22.75 $47,330
North Dakota 780 1.87 0.79 $22.43 $46,640





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 21,590 2.27 0.96 $19.71 $40,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 18,070 2.95 1.25 $17.99 $37,420
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 10,630 2.29 0.97 $19.12 $39,770
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 9,730 2.73 1.16 $19.24 $40,010
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 7,220 2.42 1.03 $16.67 $34,670
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 6,860 2.83 1.20 $23.61 $49,100
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 6,280 2.00 0.85 $23.46 $48,800
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 6,210 2.18 0.92 $20.06 $41,710
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 6,020 2.32 0.99 $19.92 $41,430
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 5,950 2.15 0.91 $22.98 $47,790