Information About Dental Assistants

Training Requirements for Dental Assistants

Dental assistants need postsecondary nondegree award.

Degrees for Dental assistants
Training for Dental Assistants
Percent
Less than High School 3.2
High School 25.3
Some College 39.5
Associates Degree 20.5
Bachelors Degree 9.0
Masters Degree 0.8
Doctorate or Professional Degree 1.6

Employment outlook for Dental Assistants

Represents about 318,000 people in the United States.

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 58,000 more dental assistants but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 137,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, dental assistants make $18.22 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Dental assistants $12.24 $14.62 $17.76 $21.72 $25.00
Healthcare support occupations $9.51 $10.91 $13.42 $17.11 $21.93
Other healthcare support occupations $10.69 $12.98 $15.95 $19.37 $23.98
Miscellaneous healthcare support occupations $10.77 $12.98 $15.81 $19.09 $23.44
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, dental assistants make $37,890 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Dental assistants $25,460 $30,410 $36,940 $45,170 $52,000
Healthcare support occupations $19,780 $22,690 $27,910 $35,580 $45,620
Other healthcare support occupations $22,230 $27,010 $33,170 $40,280 $49,890
Miscellaneous healthcare support occupations $22,410 $27,000 $32,880 $39,710 $48,750
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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