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How Much Money Do Dental Assistants Make?


This article contains information about dental assistant salaries, and it includes average salary information, industries with top salaries, and different dental assisting jobs plus their pay at various locations across the United States.

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Dental Assistant Salary On Average

The average pay for dental assistants was $41,170 in 2019 (bls.gov). The lowest 10 percent of dental assistants earned close to $27,980, and the highest 10 percent of certified dental assistants (CDAs) earned more than $56,930.

Dental Assistant Salary By Workplace

The top-paying workplaces for dental assistants and the average pay in that type of workplace as of May 2019:

  • Insurance agencies & brokerages: $57,770
  • Nursing care facilities: $50,640
  • Government: $47,200

Many dental assistants hold full-time positions.

Dental Assisting Jobs Example Pay

We researched some of the top job posting boards and found some real examples of dental assistant jobs with their general location and salary information. These should help you gain a better understanding of what you can earn after training. Links are included to view training options near you.

Dental assistant job in Florida can pay $29,000 - $40,000 a year with 1 year of experience.

Dental assistant job in Kentucky can pay $15 - $25 an hour depending on if you have one to five years of experience.

Dental assistant job in Colorado can pay $28,000 - $36,000 a year if you have 1 year of experience.

Dental assistant job in Minnesota can pay up to $30 an hour with 1 year of experience.

Dental assistant entry level position in Ohio can pay $26,000 - $31,000 a year but you need to have completed a certification training or diploma program.

Dental assistant job in California may pay $15 - $30 an hour if you have 1 year of experience.

A dental assisting position in Texas can pay $27,120 - $40,680 a year depending on your experience. One year minimum required.

These above salaries are examples from real dental assistant jobs posted on popular job listing websites in the fall of 2019.

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Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Dental Assistants, on the internet here (visited July 20, 2020)

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