The median annual wage for dental assistants was $37,630 in May 2017. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,170, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $53,130.

Most dental assistants work full time. However, nearly 1 in 3 assistants worked part time in 2016. Some may work evenings or weekends.

In May 2017, the median annual wages for dental assistants in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Government $41,480
Offices of dentists 37,620
Offices of physicians 35,290

Source: US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

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