Dental assistants are a healthcare support occupation, and training and certification vary from state to state, as do salaries. According to salary.com, the median salary for a full time dental assistant as of September 2016 was $34,800 annually (with the majority of the income between $30,000 and $38,000). Salaries vary within states as
well, differing from metropolitan areas to rural areas, and they also differ with experience levels.
The pay rate for dental assistants has increased around 2% in the last 5 years on average, and could continue to rise. Dental assisting can be a very rewarding career!