Dental Assistant Salary Information


The salary information and description of the data collection procedures below were obtained from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  The BLS is a Federal government agency and everything that they publish, both in hard copy and electronically, is in the public domain, except for previously copyrighted photographs and illustrations.

 

 

BACKGROUND

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program conducts a semiannual mail survey designed to produce estimates of employment and wages for specific occupations.  Data from self-employed persons are not collected and are not included in the estimates. The OES program produces these occupational estimates for the nation as a whole, by state, by metropolitan or nonmetropolitan area, and by industry or ownership.

The OES program surveys approximately 200,000 establishments per panel (every six months), taking three years to fully collect the sample of 1.2 million establishments. To reduce respondent burden, the collection is on a three-year survey cycle that ensures that establishments are surveyed at most once every three years. The estimates for dental assistants are based on OES data collected for the reference months of May and November.

The OES survey is a federal-state cooperative program between the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and State Workforce Agencies (SWAs). BLS provides the procedures and technical support, draws the sample, and produces the survey materials, while the SWAs collect the data. SWAs from all fifty states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands participate in the survey. Occupational employment and wage rate estimates at the national level are produced by BLS using data from the fifty states and the District of Columbia. Employers who respond to states' requests to participate in the OES survey make these estimates possible.


The most recent wage data are for May 2020.   

The OES survey covers all full-time and part-time wage and salary workers in nonfarm industries. Surveys collect data for the payroll period including the 12th day of May or November. The survey does not cover the self-employed, owners and partners in unincorporated firms, household workers, or unpaid family workers.
 

WAGE DATA

Table 1 below provides the mean hourly and mean wage data for dental assistants by state.

The Estimated Total Employment is the estimated total employment of dental assistants in that state for the reported period, and it excludes the self-employed.

The Hourly Mean Wage is the average hourly wage for the report period.

The Annual Mean Wage is the average annual wage for the report period.

We have also included the BLS column entitled “Wage % Relative Standard Error”.  According to the BLS, the Relative Standard Error is a measure of the reliability of a statistic.  For the purpose of this description, the smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

Figure 1 below provides the employment of dental assistants by state, courtesy of the BLS.

Figure 2 below provides the annual mean wage of dental assistants by state, courtesy of the BLS. 

More information from the BLS may be found at by going to the BLS website.    

Table 1 - Dental Assistant Wage Information by State
Area Name Employment(1) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage(2) Wage percent relative standard error(3)
Alabama         3170        16.11        33510          2.4
Alaska          920        24.63        51230          3.7
Arizona         7710        19.70        40980          2.3
Arkansas         2610        17.54        36480          2.4
California        47140        21.61        44940          1.4
Colorado         8390        21.12        43930          1.8
Connecticut         3070        21.79        45330          2.1
Delaware          670        19.18        39890          3.1
District of Columbia          480        20.63        42910         11.8
Florida        20690        19.79        41170          1.5
Georgia         8150        19.71        40990          2.1
Guam          180        16.84        35020          4.7
Hawaii         1580        17.56        36530          3.5
Idaho         2210        16.98        35310          1.8
Illinois        11390        19.61        40780          2.2
Indiana         5980        20.48        42600          1.9
Iowa         3030        21.48        44680          2.0
Kansas         2800        19.16        39840          2.8
Kentucky         4100        18.15        37740          2.9
Louisiana         4610        16.64        34600          2.4
Maine         1100        21.49        44690          1.7
Maryland         4850        21.77        45280          5.3
Massachusetts         6020        24.88        51750          2.0
Michigan         6900        19.46        40470          1.6
Minnesota         5110        25.80        53670          2.1
Mississippi         2280        15.35        31930          3.1
Missouri         5480        18.56        38610          1.5
Montana         1420        17.95        37330          2.6
Nebraska         2080        20.60        42840          4.7
Nevada         2200        19.18        39900          2.9
New Hampshire         1150        24.43        50820          2.1
New Jersey         8020        21.81        45370          3.0
New Mexico         2460        17.98        37410          2.8
New York        14420        20.74        43150          2.1
North Carolina         9260        21.37        44440          1.2
North Dakota          770        22.79        47390          2.5
Ohio         9780        20.71        43090          1.8
Oklahoma         4010        18.46        38400          1.9
Oregon         4550        23.23        48320          1.6
Pennsylvania         9580        19.91        41410          2.2
Puerto Rico         2130         9.31        19370          2.3
Rhode Island          730        22.38        46560          3.5
South Carolina         4580        19.72        41010          2.0
South Dakota          840        19.38        40310          3.7
Tennessee         5240        18.83        39170          3.6
Texas        29950        19.08        39680          1.3
Utah         5640        16.76        34850          2.4
Vermont          290        22.02        45810          4.9
Virgin Islands           70        15.81        32880          5.2
Virginia         7850        21.48        44690          2.1
Washington         9390        22.45        46690          1.7
West Virginia         1080        15.50        32240          2.9
Wisconsin         5840        19.59        40740          1.7
Wyoming          550        18.55        38590          6.1


Source:  Bureau of Labor Statistics at https://data.bls.gov/oes/#/home

 

Figure 1 - Dental Assistant Employment by State

Source:  Bureau of Labor Statistics at  https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes319091.htm

Figure 2 - Dental Assistant Annual Mean Wage by State


Source:  Bureau of Labor Statistics at  https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes319091.htm