122 annual jobs are expected to open up for dental assistants in Connecticut between 2012 and 2022. This prediction by the Connecticut Department of Labor qualifies the profession to be among the occupations with the most future job openings in the state.
The number of dental assistants employed in Connecticut is expected to climb from 4,181 in 2012 to 4,534 by 2022. This prediction by the Connecticut Department of Labor qualifies the profession to be among the occupations with the largest employment in the state.
Experience Impacts Dental Assistant Earnings in Connecticut
Recent statistics published by the Connecticut Department of Labor confirm that dental assistants employed statewide are currently earning an average annual salary of $41,042. Non-salaried dental assistants are presently earning an average hourly wage of $19.73.
However, employers commonly consider a dental assistant’s previous experience before determining their prospective earnings. For instance, while entry-level dental assistants in Connecticut earn an average hourly wage of 15.16, those with more experience earn an average mid-range wage of $16.73-$22.56.
Average Mid-Range Wages for Dental Assistants in Connecticut
Aside from experience, a dental assistant’s wage earning capacity is also influenced by their geographic location of employment. For example, according to the Connecticut Department of Labor, here are the average mid-range wages for dental assistants working in specific regional areas of the state:
- Hartford: $18.88-$23.05/hr.
- Bridgeport/Stamford: $16.55-22.37/hr.
- New Haven: $16.53-$22.49/hr.
- Danielson: $16.42-$22.00/hr.
- Torrington: $15.68-$22.48/hr.
- New London-Norwich: $14.35-$21.17/hr.
- Waterbury: $13.71-$21.84/hr.
- Danbury: $11.37-$21.17/hr.
In 2013, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics issued an even more meticulous data compilation detailing dental assistants earnings in both metropolitan and nonmetropolitan regions in Connecticut. These results are displayed in the following table: