The need for dental assistants in Florida is on the rise. Between 2011 and 2019 the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity expects the number of dental assistants employed in the state will increase from 15,250 to 19,792. This eight-year growth projection is indicative of an average annual increase of 3.7%, far above the state’s average annual job growth rate of 1.6% for all occupations combined.
According to the Department of Economic Opportunity, salary and wage statistics for dental assistants with varying levels of experience employed in Florida in 2014 are as follows:
- Entry-Level: $25,580/yr. or $12.29/hr.
- Median: $34,432/yr. or $16.56/hr.
- Experienced: $39,038/yr. or $18.77/hr.
Dental Assistant Salaries and Wages from Advertised Jobs in Florida
According to the Department of Economic Opportunity, employers hiring Florida dental assistants in October 2014 proposed the following salary and wage offers through advertised job openings:
- Entry-Level: $26,891/yr. or $12.93/hr.
- Median: $31,756/yr. or $15.27/hr.
- Experienced: $44,971/yr. or $21.62/hr.
Dental Assistant Median Salaries by County in Florida
According to the Department of Economic Opportunity, the top five paying counties for dental assistants employed across Florida in 2014 included:
- Collier County: $43,636/yr.
- Lee County: $37,819/yr.
- Hillsborough County: $36,683/yr.
- Pinellas County: $36,683/yr.
- Polk County: $36,442/yr.
Dental Assistant Salaries and Wages by Region in Florida
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following table showcases dental assistant salaries and wages in several metropolitan and nonmetropolitan districts in Florida as of 2013: