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Florida Dental Assistant Salary

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.

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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.
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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:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Cape Coral-Fort Myers FL
420
37620
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin FL
200
35570
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach FL
350
33000
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach FL Metropolitan Division
1420
35030
Gainesville FL
300
37110
Jacksonville FL
1480
34660
Lakeland-Winter Haven FL
380
35760
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach FL
4860
32800
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall FL Metropolitan Division
2330
30320
Naples-Marco Island FL
200
43190
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota FL
760
33820
Ocala FL
190
32910
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford FL
1930
33710
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville FL
590
32990
Palm Coast FL
80
38090
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach FL
150
32390
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent FL
330
35570
Port St. Lucie FL
290
33890
Punta Gorda FL
140
33140
Sebastian-Vero Beach FL
200
34810
Tallahassee FL
230
36100
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater FL
2690
36050
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach FL Metropolitan Division
1110
35120
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area
110
32300
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area
350
35110
South Florida nonmetropolitan area
270
32180