Information About Dental Assistants

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Training

Dental assistants need moderate-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Dental assistants
Training for Dental Assistants
Percent
Less than High School 3.1
High School 32.5
Some College 38.1
Associates Degree 16.1
Bachelors Degree 7.0
Masters Degree 0.7
Doctorate or Professional Degree 2.5

Employment

Represents about 295,000 people in the United States- 0.0% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 105,000 more dental assistants but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 161,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, dental assistants make $16.70 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Dental assistants $11.10 $13.40 $16.40 $19.60 $22.80
Healthcare support occupations $8.50 $9.89 $12.00 $15.30 $19.10
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, dental assistants make $34,740 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Dental assistants $23,080 $27,950 $34,140 $40,820 $47,420
Healthcare support occupations $17,670 $20,570 $25,140 $31,980 $39,800
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

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

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