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What is the average salary for Dental Assistants in the United States?

Dental Assistants earn an average hourly wage of $17.43. Hourly wages typically start from $11.82 and go up to $23.82. Dental Assistants earn an average salary of $36,260 per year. Salaries typically start from $24,580 and go up to $49,540.

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Highest

The top 10% of Dental Assistants in the United States earn:

$23.82 an hour $49,540 per year
Senior

The top 25% of Dental Assistants in the United States earn:

$20.58 an hour $42,810 per year
Experienced

The top 50% of Dental Assistants in the United States earn:

$17.02 an hour $35,390 per year
Junior

The bottom 25% of Dental Assistants in the United States earn:

$14.07 an hour $29,260 per year
Starting

The bottom 10% of Dental Assistants in the United States earn:

$11.82 an hour $24,580 per year

Historical salary for Dental Assistants in the United States

Dental Assistant salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Dental Assistant Salary in New Hampshire $21.43 $44,580 # 1
Dental Assistant Salary in Alaska $20.94 $43,550 # 2
Dental Assistant Salary in Minnesota $20.75 $43,160 # 3
Dental Assistant Salary in Massachusetts $20.00 $41,590 # 4
Dental Assistant Salary in North Dakota $19.71 $40,990 # 5
Dental Assistant Salary in Oregon $19.67 $40,920 # 6
Dental Assistant Salary in Connecticut $19.61 $40,790 # 7
Dental Assistant Salary in Washington $19.37 $40,290 # 8
Dental Assistant Salary in New Jersey $19.11 $39,740 # 9
Dental Assistant Salary in Colorado $18.87 $39,250 # 10
Dental Assistant Salary in Vermont $18.68 $38,860 # 11
Dental Assistant Salary in Maryland $18.60 $38,690 # 12
Dental Assistant Salary in North Carolina $18.40 $38,270 # 13
Dental Assistant Salary in Maine $18.37 $38,210 # 14
Dental Assistant Salary in California $18.32 $38,100 # 15
Dental Assistant Salary in District of Columbia $18.24 $37,930 # 16
Dental Assistant Salary in Delaware $18.15 $37,750 # 17
Dental Assistant Salary in Kansas $17.87 $37,170 # 18
Dental Assistant Salary in Virginia $17.77 $36,960 # 19
Dental Assistant Salary in Arizona $17.70 $36,830 # 20
Dental Assistant Salary in Iowa $17.66 $36,740 # 21
Dental Assistant Salary in Indiana $17.30 $35,980 # 22
Dental Assistant Salary in Wisconsin $17.26 $35,900 # 23
Dental Assistant Salary in Ohio $17.26 $35,890 # 24
Dental Assistant Salary in Nevada $17.24 $35,870 # 25
Dental Assistant Salary in Illinois $17.21 $35,800 # 26
Dental Assistant Salary in Rhode Island $17.18 $35,730 # 27
Dental Assistant Salary in New York $17.09 $35,550 # 28
Dental Assistant Salary in Florida $16.88 $35,100 # 29
Dental Assistant Salary in South Carolina $16.71 $34,760 # 30
Dental Assistant Salary in Tennessee $16.66 $34,650 # 31
Dental Assistant Salary in Georgia $16.64 $34,600 # 32
Dental Assistant Salary in Hawaii $16.58 $34,480 # 33
Dental Assistant Salary in Missouri $16.53 $34,380 # 34
Dental Assistant Salary in Michigan $16.50 $34,330 # 35
Dental Assistant Salary in Texas $16.44 $34,190 # 36
Dental Assistant Salary in Pennsylvania $16.22 $33,750 # 37
Dental Assistant Salary in Wyoming $16.12 $33,540 # 38
Dental Assistant Salary in Kentucky $16.02 $33,320 # 39
Dental Assistant Salary in Montana $15.97 $33,210 # 40
Dental Assistant Salary in Idaho $15.93 $33,130 # 41
Dental Assistant Salary in Nebraska $15.87 $33,010 # 42
Dental Assistant Salary in South Dakota $15.61 $32,480 # 43
Dental Assistant Salary in New Mexico $15.31 $31,840 # 44
Dental Assistant Salary in Oklahoma $15.21 $31,630 # 45
Dental Assistant Salary in Arkansas $15.14 $31,490 # 46
Dental Assistant Salary in Mississippi $14.92 $31,030 # 47
Dental Assistant Salary in Alabama $14.73 $30,650 # 48
Dental Assistant Salary in Louisiana $14.34 $29,830 # 49
Dental Assistant Salary in West Virginia $14.08 $29,280 # 50
Dental Assistant Salary in Utah $13.78 $28,670 # 51
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics