Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

31-9091 Dental Assistants

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

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Industry profile for this occupation
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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)
272,030 2.2 % $13.57 $28,230 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.66 $10.56 $13.32 $16.35 $19.44
Annual Wage (2) $18,020 $21,970 $27,700 $34,000 $40,420

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 255,830 $13.58 $28,250 1 10
Offices of physicians 2,950 $12.14 $25,240 2 20
Federal government (OES designation) 2,540 $14.85 $30,880 3 3
Colleges and universities 1,810 $12.93 $26,900 4 15
General medical and surgical hospitals 1,530 $13.82 $28,750 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 $16.39 $34,090 18 1
Employment services 1,520 $15.16 $31,540 6 2
Federal government (OES designation) 2,540 $14.85 $30,880 3 3
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals 160 $14.04 $29,210 13 4
Other hospitals 100 $14.00 $29,130 14 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 9,610 $16.00 $33,290 0.375% 466
Utah 3,380 $9.93 $20,660 0.324% 570
Oregon 4,830 $14.85 $30,890 0.313% 395
California 43,760 $15.53 $32,300 0.302% 487
Alaska 800 $15.63 $32,500 0.274% 340

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 490 $18.65 $38,780 0.082% 267
Nevada 1,770 $17.02 $35,410 0.166% 337
Colorado 4,930 $16.76 $34,860 0.233% 356
Connecticut 3,310 $16.19 $33,680 0.202% 412
Massachusetts 5,040 $16.03 $33,340 0.159% 452

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 450 $16.99 $35,340 0.531%
Salinas, CA MSA 730 $15.58 $32,400 0.471%
Orange County, CA PMSA 6,550 $11.82 $24,580 0.457%
Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa, CA PMSA 850 $14.93 $31,040 0.454%
Redding, CA MSA 290 $11.54 $24,000 0.453%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Boulder-Longmont, CO PMSA 370 $24.15 $50,230 0.239%
Santa Rosa, CA PMSA 750 $19.75 $41,070 0.393%
Colorado Springs, CO MSA 600 $19.62 $40,810 0.258%
Barnstable-Yarmouth, MA MSA 160 $18.93 $39,380 0.243%
Iowa City, IA MSA 200 $18.89 $39,290 0.299%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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: May 7, 2004

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