Dental Assistant Salary Information

Find out how much you can earn as a dental assistant, technician or hygienist.

Median Annual Salary

According to The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) current Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median expected annual salary is $36,940 for dental assistants and $72,910 for dental hygienists. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors.

 

What is my earning potential?

Your earning potential in dental assisting will depend on factors like where you live, experience and the degree you hold. While dental technician or assistant jobs may only require a high school diploma, earning a dental assistant certificate can help boost your earning potential nonetheless.

 

How do dental assistant salaries compare?

Health Care Career Median Annual Salary*
Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides $56,070
Physician Assistants $101,480
Medical Assistants $31,540
Pharmacy Technicians $30,920

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018-19 Occupational Outlook Handbook, Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides; Physician Assistants; Medical Assistants; Pharmacy Technicians.
*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

 

Is there demand for this career?

Because people in dental assisting roles are so essential to running a dentistry practice, these types of careers are always in demand. Most dentists are too busy to tackle administrative tasks, exam prep or teeth cleaning, making dental assisting roles so important.

If you’re interested in becoming a dental technician, the demand for this career is sure to grow as better technology is developed for crafting dental prosthetics.

 

What is the job growth for this field?

Employment of dental assistants is predicted to grow 19 percent between 2016 and 2026. The BLS expects employment of dental hygienists to grow 20 percent over the same time span.

By comparison, all other occupations in the U.S. are expected to grow 7 percent through 2026.

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