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Kentucky Dental Assistant Salary

The field of dental assisting is growing throughout the country, and in Kentucky. The state’s Office of Employment and Training projects the number of dental assistant jobs will increase by 2.5% a year in the ten-year period ending 2020. This is more than twice as fast as the growth for all occupations in Kentucky.

More than half of the 190 dental assistant job openings each year will come from growth, while the rest will come from the replacement of dental assistants leaving the field.

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The 2013 average dental assistant salary in Kentucky was $31,869. Entry-level professionals earned $24,796 a year on average while those with experience averaged $35,140.

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The average Kentucky dental assistant salary varied a great deal throughout the state’s workforce regions. The difference between the highest and lowest average salary was more than $10,000. The average salary and those for experienced dental assistants was highest in the Kentuckiana Works workforce region:

Kentucky Area
Entry-level
Experienced
Barren River
$27855
$37417
Bluegrass
$26282
$34726
Cumberland
$18481
$29377
Ekcep
$18139
$26506
Green River
$24370
$29727
Kentuckiana Works
$27511
$38876
Lincoln Trail
$24514
$34100
Northern Kentucky
$24363
$33957
Tenco
$27795
$32328
Western Kentucky
$24769
$34377

Dental assistant salaries did not vary a great deal between industries, although the average salary was highest for those who worked in public administration:

  • Public administration (Code 92) – $33,773
  • Health care and social assistance – $31,729
  • Administrative and waste services – $29,877
  • Educational services – $28,247

The US Department of Labor also provides a detailed analysis of 2013 dental assisting salary by percentile in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas of Kentucky:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bowling Green KY
110
30080
Cincinnati-Middletown OH-KY-IN
1870
33440
Clarksville TN-KY
360
32130
Elizabethtown KY
140
29480
Evansville IN-KY
290
35810
Huntington-Ashland WV-KY-OH
170
30050
Lexington-Fayette KY
770
32780
Louisville-Jefferson County KY-IN
1400
34860
Owensboro KY
90
29740
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
300
30650
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
390
26440
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
330
28560
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
180
26260