The 2014 average dental assistant salary in Maryland was $38,775. Those entering the field averaged $28,945 while experienced dental assistants earned $43,690 a year on average.
The average Maryland dental assistant salary varied substantially between the state’s Workforce Investment Areas (WIA).
All of the categories of dental assistant salaries were highest in the Mid-Maryland WIA:
The field of dental assisting is growing throughout the country as research indicates that proper dental care greatly contributes to overall health. Plus, as baby boomers age, they are keeping more of their teeth than previous generations.
The number of Maryland dental assistants is projected to grow by 6.8% in the ten year period ending in 2022 according to the state’s Division of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation. Three quarters of the 379 jobs expected to become available during this time frame will be due to the need to replace dental assistants leaving the field.
The Baltimore and Montgomery County WIAs had the largest number of dental assistants in 2013. Slightly more than 21% of Maryland’s 5,520 dental assistants were employed in the Baltimore County WIA, while the Montgomery County WIA had 19.2% of these professionals.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed breakdown of 2013 dental assisting salaries throughout Maryland: