Job Outlook

Job prospects for Dental Assistants are in High Demand.

dental-assistant-job-growthEmployment is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through the year 2017. In fact, Dental Assistants are expected to be one of the fastest growing occupations over the 2016-2022 projection period.

In addition to job openings due to employment growth, numerous job openings will arise out of the need to replace assistants who transfer to other occupations, retire or leave for other reasons. Many opportunities are for entry-level positions which offer on-the-job training.

Population growth and greater retention of natural teeth by middle-aged and older people will fuel demand for dental services. Older dentists, who have been less likely to employ assistants, are leaving the occupation and will be replaced by recent graduates who are more likely to use one or even two assistants. In addition, as dentists’ workloads increase, they are expected to hire more assistants to perform routine tasks so that they may devote their own time to more complex procedures.

Employment estimates and mean wage estimates for Dental Assistants include,

  • Median Hourly Wage is $17.76
  • Median Annual Wage is $36,940

Data Provided by Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Benefits vary substantially by practice setting and may be contingent upon full-time employment. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), almost all full-time dental assistants employed by private practitioners received paid vacations time. The ADA also found that 9 out of 10 full-time and part-time dental assistant received dental coverage.