Dental Assistant Salary

Dental assistants make an average annual salary of about $34,500 nationwide, according to US Labor Bureau statistics.

Figures tend to vary by region and industry, with the highest-paid dental assistants earning over $47,580, and the lowest-paid earning around $23,550 annually. (See: dental assistant job description.)

 

The five highest-paying states for dental assistants are:

State

Salary

New Hampshire
$43,480
Minnesota
$42,420
Alaska
$41,970
District of Columbia
$41,730
Massachusetts
$41,290

 

Here are the average salaries for dental assistants in each state:

 

State Salary State Salary
Alabama $29,550 Nebraska $32,130
Alaska $41,970 Nevada $37,290
Arizona $34,980 New Hampshire $43,480
Arkansas $28,590 New Jersey $38,690
California $36,660 New Mexico $32,190
Colorado $37,590 New York $35,540
Connecticut $40,680 North Carolina $37,280
Delaware $33,460 North Dakota $35,120
District of Columbia $41,730 Ohio $33,980
Florida $33,890 Oklahoma $29,680
Georgia $34,820 Oregon $39,500
Hawaii $32,740 Pennsylvania $32,850
Idaho $31,480 Rhode Island $35,710
Illinois $32,890 South Carolina $33,890
Indiana $35,230 South Dakota $29,590
Iowa $35,780 Tennessee $33,160
Kansas $31,650 Texas $32,700
Kentucky $31,310 Utah $27,460
Louisiana $29,460 Vermont $37,560
Maine $37,780 Virginia $36,200
Maryland $36,860 Washington $39,430
Massachusetts $41,290 West Virginia $27,170
Michigan $33,730 Wisconsin $35,070
Minnesota $42,420 Wyoming $33,550
Mississippi $29,710
Missouri $33,790
Montana $31,190

 

 

All figures courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Employment & Wages database.