How Much Do Dental Assistants Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Dental Assistants

Dental Assistants perform limited clinical duties under the direction of a dentist. Clinical duties may include equipment preparation and sterilization, preparing patients for treatment, assisting the dentist during treatment, and providing patients with instructions for oral healthcare procedures. May perform administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$42310 per year
Hourly wage
$20 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$28,940 to $34,470 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$14 to $17 per hour

Entry-level Dental Assistants with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $28,940 to $34,470 per year or $14 to $17 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Dental Assistants to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $28 $58,390
Senior (Top 25%) $24 $49,810
Middle (Mid 50%) $20 $41,180
Junior (Bottom 25%) $17 $34,470
No experience (Bottom 10%) $14 $28,940

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
MN $26 $53,670
MA $25 $51,750
AK $25 $51,230
NH $24 $50,820
OR $23 $48,320
ND $23 $47,390
WA $22 $46,690
RI $22 $46,560
VT $22 $45,810
NJ $22 $45,370

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Dental Assistant is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like MN doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at MN might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Dental Assistants are in the states of MN, MA, AK, NH and OR.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
State Government $50080 $24.08
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) $46370 $22.29
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services $46090 $22.16
Management of Companies and Enterprises $46010 $22.12
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $45620 $21.93
Specialty Hospitals $45340 $21.80
Federal Executive Branch $45260 $21.76
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $45220 $21.74
Technical and Trade Schools $44350 $21.32
Local Government $42650 $20.50
Offices of Dentists $42300 $20.34
Outpatient Care Centers $41940 $20.17
Office Administrative Services $41910 $20.15
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities $41860 $20.12
Junior Colleges $41680 $20.04
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $41660 $20.03
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $41500 $19.95
Employment Services $41450 $19.93
Facilities Support Services $40080 $19.27
Offices of Physicians $39990 $19.23
Individual and Family Services $39800 $19.14
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $39770 $19.12
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services $39250 $18.87
Home Health Care Services $37000 $17.79
Vocational Rehabilitation Services $34990 $16.82

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