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The pay scale for dental assistants ranges from about $23,550 to $47,580. In 2012, the average pay for dental assistants was $35,080 and the median pay was $34,500. Those with the highest salaries live in the metropolitan areas of San Francisco, Nashua, N.H., and Haverhill, Mass.

Job Salary Year
2004 $29,060.00
2006 $30,820.00
2008 $33,130.00
2010 $34,080.00
2012 $35,080.00

Average Dental Assistant Pay vs. All Health Care Jobs

Considering that 1 in 3 dental assistants worked part time in 2012, according to the Labor Department, they’re making comfortable salaries. The BLS reports the average pay for dental assistants was $35,080, but, in comparison, many dental hygienists also work part time and made an average salary of $70,700 that year. Earning an average salary of $21,830, home health aides made less money. Pharmacy technicians and medical assistants also tend to make a little less than the average dental assistant.

Job Name Salary
Dentist $145,240.00
Dental Hygienist $70,210.00
Dental Assistant $34,500.00
Medical Assistant $29,370.00
Pharmacy Technician $29,320.00
Home Health Aide $20,820.00

Best Paying Cities for Dental Assistants

The highest paid in the dental assistant profession work in the metropolitan areas of San Francisco, Nashua, New Hampshire, and Haverhill and N. Andover, Massachusetts. The Worcester, Massachusetts area also pays well, as does the city of Rochester, Minnesota.

San Francisco

Average Salary: $47,280 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a dental assistant working in San Francisco is $47,280, which is $12,780 more than the average pay in the profession.

Nashua, New Hampshire

Average Salary: $46,750 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a dental assistant working in Nashua, New Hampshire is $46,750, which is $12,250 more than the average pay in the profession.

Haverhill and N. Andover, Massachusetts

Average Salary: $45,700 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a dental assistant working in Haverhill and N. Andover, Massachusetts is $45,700, which is $11,200 more than the average pay in the profession.

Worcester, Massachusetts

Average Salary: $45,130 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a dental assistant working in Worcester, Massachusetts is $45,130, which is $10,630 more than the average pay in the profession.

Rochester, Minnesota

Average Salary: $44,680 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a dental assistant working in Rochester, Minnesota is $44,680, which is $10,180 more than the average pay in the profession.

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Last updated by Jada A. Graves.


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