The Kansas Department of Labor has designated the occupation of dental assisting as a high demand occupation in the state. It expects job growth in this field to increase by 2.6% a year in the ten-year period leading up to 2020. This increase is more than two fold greater than that of all occupations in Kansas.
The 2012 average dental assistant salary in Kansas was $31,650. Those entering this field made $23,910 a year on average, while experienced dental assistants earned an average of $38,510.
The salary for dental assistants in the balance of state that excludes the major metropolitan centers was lower than the state’s average. It was $28,750 on average with entry-level professionals earning $21,410 and experienced ones $32,470.
Many of Kansas’ dental assistants work outside of the major metropolitan areas. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the Kansas nonmetropolitan area had the highest level of dental assistant employment of any such area of the county in 2013. In 2012, 31.6% of the state’s 2,850 dental assistants worked in the balance of state area outside of the major metropolitan areas, according to the Kansas Department of Labor.
Nearly as many dental assistants worked in the Kansas City area as in the whole rest of the state. Eight hundred and forty dental assistants were employed in Kansas City versus 900 in the balance of state. Wichita had the second largest concentration of these professionals with an employment level of 610. The highest number of dental assistants worked in Topeka.
The BLS offers a detailed analysis of 2013 dental assisting salaries in Kansas: