Dental Assistants

Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $15.72/hr
Median: $17.71/hr
Experienced: $20.55/hr

Current Employment
766 (2016)

Projected Employment
782 (2025)

Growth for Dental Assistants

2015 Jobs2025 JobsChange (2015-2016)% Change (2015-2025)

Industries Employing Dental Assistants

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2016)% of Occupation in Industry (2016)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2016)
Offices of Dentists65385.3%27.0%
Federal Government, Civilian, Excluding Postal Service354.6%0.2%
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 222.8%0.3%
Offices of Physicians (except Mental Health Specialists)162.2%0.2%
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (State Government)121.6%0.2%

Occupational Tasks

  • Prepare patient, sterilize or disinfect instruments, set up instrument trays, prepare materials, or assist dentist during dental procedures.
  • Record treatment information in patient records.
  • Expose dental diagnostic X-rays.
  • Take and record medical and dental histories and vital signs of patients.
  • Assist dentist in management of medical or dental emergencies.