State-by-state salary numbers for dental assistants

We recently asked dental assistants around the nation to tell us about their salaries and wages for the past year. Here's what you told us and what you can do about it.

We asked and you answered. We recently asked dental assistants around the nation to tell us about their salaries and wages for the past year. We set $22 per hour as the “over-under” line to see how many of you make more than that. Well, of the 875 responses we received, 710 of those fell under the $22 per hour mark. Are you looking to climb over that mark? Then you need to read these two articles ...

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We have broken down what you told us on a state-by-state basis. If your state isn’t listed, that means we didn’t get any responses from your state (gasp!).

Do you have feedback on this article? There’s a place at the bottom where you can let me know what you think about dental assisting wages. We’d love to hear from you!

Alabama
5 total responses (5 responses under $22)

Alaska
1 total response (1 response under $22)

Arizona
16 total responses (14 responses under $22, 1 response of $23, 1 response of $28)

Arkansas
3 total responses (2 responses under $22, 1 response of $32)

California
37 total responses (22 responses under $22, 2 responses of $23, 1 response of $24, 7 responses of $25, 1 response of $26, 1 response of $29, 1 response of $31, 1 response of $33, 1 response of $35)

Colorado
17 total responses (14 responses under $22, 1 response of $26, 1 response of $28, 1 response of $38)

Connecticut
14 responses (9 responses under $22, 3 responses of $23, 2 responses of $24)

District of Columbia
1 response (1 response under $22)

Florida
41 responses (38 responses under $22, 1 response of $24, 1 response of $25, 1 responses of $39)

Georgia
18 responses (14 responses under $22, 1 response of $23, 1 response of $24, 1 response of $25, 1 response of $28)

Hawaii
4 responses (4 responses under $22)

Idaho
2 responses (2 responses under $22)

Illinois
15 responses (14 responses under $22, 1 response of $28)

Indiana
26 responses (25 responses under $22, 1 response of $26)

Iowa
13 responses (12 responses under $22, 1 response of $26)

Kansas
8 responses (5 responses under $22, 1 response of $23, 1 response of $25, 1 response of $41)

Kentucky
4 responses (4 responses under $22)

Louisiana
5 responses (5 responses under $22)

Maine
6 responses (5 responses under $22, 1 response of $23)

Maryland
32 responses (27 responses under $22, 1 response of $24, 1 response of $25, 1 response of $26, 1 response of $27, 1 response of $35)

Massachusetts
42 responses (26 responses under $22, 4 responses of $23, 2 responses of $24, 5 responses of $25, 2 responses of $26, 1 response of $27, 1 response of $30, 1 response of $36)

Michigan
35 responses (32 responses under $22, 3 responses of $23)

Minnesota
57 responses (51 responses under $22, 3 responses of $23, 2 responses of $25, 1 response of $27)

Mississippi
4 responses (3 responses under $22, 1 response of $23)

Missouri
25 responses (23 responses under $22, 2 responses of $23)

Montana
7 responses (5 responses under $22, 1 response of $24, 1 response of $31)

Nebraska
9 responses (9 responses under $22)

Nevada
2 responses (2 responses under $22)

New Hampshire
9 responses (7 responses under $22, 1 response of $23, 1 response of $24)

New Jersey
61 responses (41 responses under $22, 6 responses of $23, 1 response of $24, 3 responses of $25, 5 responses of $26, 1 response of $27, 2 responses of $28, 1 response of $30, 1 response of $55 or more)

New Mexico
5 responses (5 responses under $22)

New York
35 responses (21 responses under $22, 3 responses of $23, 2 responses of $25, 3 responses of $26, 2 responses of $27, 2 responses of $28, 1 response of $32, 1 response of $54)

North Carolina
54 responses (44 responses under $22, 4 responses of $23, 3 responses of $24, 1 response of $25, 1 response of $27, 1 response of $30)

North Dakota
6 responses (6 responses under $22)

Ohio
36 responses (29 responses under $22, 3 responses of $25, 1 response of $26, 2 responses of $28, 1 response of $47)

Oklahoma
7 responses (6 responses under $22, 1 response of $25)

Oregon
21 responses (21 responses under $22)

Pennsylvania
31 responses (25 responses under $22, 2 responses of $23, 1 response of $27, 2 responses of $28, 1 response of $33)

Rhode Island
5 responses (3 responses under $22, 1 response of $23, 1 response of $24)

South Carolina
14 responses (12 responses under $22, 2 responses of $23)

South Dakota
6 responses (6 responses under $22)

Tennessee
20 responses (19 responses under $22, 1 response of $29)

Texas
27 responses (22 responses under $22, 2 responses of $23, 1 response of $25, 1 response of $28, 1 response of $36)

Utah
3 responses (2 responses under $22, 1 response of $27)

Vermont
4 responses (3 responses under $22, 1 response of $25)

Virginia
15 responses (13 responses under $22, 2 responses of $25)

Washington
37 responses (32 responses under $22, 1 response of $23, 1 response of $25, 3 responses of $27)

West Virginia
6 responses (6 responses under $22)

Wisconsin
19 responses (19 responses under $22)

Wyoming
4 responses (2 responses under $22, 1 response of $23, 1 response of $24)

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