Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

31-9091 Dental Assistants

Assist dentist, set up patient and equipment, and keep records.

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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
268,220 2.2 % $13.42 $27,910 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.45 $10.35 $13.10 $16.20 $19.41
Annual Wage (2) $17,570 $21,520 $27,240 $33,690 $40,370

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Offices of dentists 251,830 $13.43 $27,940 1 9
Offices of physicians 3,290 $12.28 $25,550 2 17
Federal government (OES designation) 2,580 $14.20 $29,540 3 3
Colleges and universities 1,810 $12.83 $26,680 4 14
General medical and surgical hospitals 1,750 $13.56 $28,200 5 7

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Scientific research and development services 30 $14.74 $30,670 20 1
Employment services 1,360 $14.53 $30,230 6 2
Federal government (OES designation) 2,580 $14.20 $29,540 3 3
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals 150 $13.95 $29,010 14 4
Other hospitals 90 $13.90 $28,900 15 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Washington 9,510 $15.93 $33,140 0.371% 422
Oregon 5,260 $14.61 $30,380 0.339% 388
Utah 3,470 $9.93 $20,650 0.332% 518
California 40,270 $15.52 $32,290 0.278% 443
Illinois 15,720 $11.03 $22,940 0.271% 580

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia 500 $18.90 $39,320 0.084% 242
Colorado 4,910 $16.55 $34,420 0.231% 331
Connecticut 3,300 $16.16 $33,620 0.201% 370
Nevada 1,780 $15.98 $33,230 0.168% 333
Massachusetts 5,130 $15.95 $33,170 0.160% 417

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Olympia, WA PMSA 420 $16.67 $34,670 0.493%
Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa, CA PMSA 880 $14.54 $30,240 0.473%
Orange County, CA PMSA 6,610 $11.51 $23,950 0.469%
Tacoma, WA PMSA 1,050 $14.32 $29,780 0.449%
Pocatello, ID MSA 140 $10.99 $22,860 0.446%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Boulder-Longmont, CO PMSA 380 $23.54 $48,970 0.239%
Oakland, CA PMSA 3,940 $19.75 $41,080 0.393%
Santa Rosa, CA PMSA 730 $19.57 $40,710 0.374%
Colorado Springs, CO MSA 620 $19.13 $39,790 0.265%
Barnstable-Yarmouth, MA MSA 140 $18.54 $38,560 0.209%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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