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.
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.
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:
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: