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Dental Assitant Salary Information

On average dental assistants earn a salary of $33,170 to $38,000 a year and an average hourly wage of $15.95 to $18.75, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The median annual salary for a dental assistant as of May 2008 was $32,380 and the median hourly wage was $15.57. Currently, nearly a third of dental assistants worked part-time.

Alaska, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Minnesota and New Hampshire include the states that offer dental assistants the highest hourly and annual earning potential. Dental assistants employed in these states historically have earned from $39,250 to $41,830 a year and wages ranging from $18.87 to $20.11 an hour.

The top-paying metropolitan areas for dental assistants include the Santa Rosa area in California, the Anchorage area in Alaska, the Framingham and Lowell areas in Massachusetts and the Manchester area in New Hampshire. Dental assistants in these regions have earned salaries ranging from $42,270 to $47,780 and wages of $20.32 to $22.97 an hour.

Alaska, California, Idaho, Utah and Washington have the highest concentration of dental assistants. Dental assistants employed in these states historically have earned salaries ranging from $26,560 to $41,830 andwages ranging from $12.77 to $20.11 an hour, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Cities with the highest concentration of dental assistants include Hanford, Vallejo, Chico, and Yuba City areas in California and the city of Provo, Utah. Dental assistants employed in these cities earned salaries ranging from $26,820 to $36,170 a year and hourly pay of $12.89 to $17.39.

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