There’s a lot of research out there about how much dental assistants make. Dental assisting salaries can range quite a bit — anywhere from $11 per hour to more than $25 per hour. Dental assistant wages depend on many factors, including education, experience, location, practice type and more.


But, on average, what states pay dental assistants the most?

Top Paying States

We’ve combed through the data from the 2016 dental assisting salary survey from the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB), plus the data from U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to find out.


DANB’s salary survey reports on the median hourly wages of dental assistants who hold DANB’s Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification, while the BLS reports on all dental assistants, most of whom are not certified.


Top Paying States for DANB CDA Certificants*

  1. $26.00   California
  2. $25.00   Vermont
  3. $23.25    Nevada
  4. $23.00   Colorado, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Wyoming
  5. $22.80   Alaska
  6. $22.31    North Dakota
  7. $22.25    Arizona
  8. $22.22    North Carolina
  9. $22.00    D.C., New Jersey, New York, Tennessee
  10. $21.50   Minnesota, Texas


Top Paying States for All Dental Assistants*

  1. $22.41    Minnesota
  2. $22.10    New Hampshire
  3. $21.79    Alaska
  4. $21.21    Massachusetts
  5. $21.02   D.C.
  6. $20.56   Oregon
  7. $20.44   Connecticut
  8. $19.96   New Jersey
  9. $19.57    Rhode Island
  10. $19.55  North Dakota


*Median hourly wage


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