The number of dental assisting jobs is projected to increase by 22.8% in the ten-year period ending in 2012 according to Iowa Workforce Development. This Idaho state government agency projects that 125 jobs a year will become available in the state on average during this time.
Job growth is expected to be particularly high in Iowa Workforce Development Region 07. This region, comprised of Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, and Grundy counties, is expected to have a dental assistant job growth rate of 31% over this ten-year period.
The 2014 average dental assistant salary in Iowa was $33,615. Entry-level dental assistants earned $27,373 a year on average, while those with experience averaged $39,736.
The 2013 Iowa dental assistant salaries varied substantially between the most populated counties. It was substantially higher in Polk County than in any other of these counties. This was the case for all categories of dental assistants:
In 2013, some 2,430 dental assistants were employed throughout Iowa. Nearly 60% of them were located in Iowa’s eight most populated counties. Linn and Polk counties had the greatest number of dental assistants, with 310 employed in each county.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed breakdown by percentile of 2013 dental assisting salaries in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas of Iowa: