Dental assistants in Massachusetts had the fourth highest salaries in the field nationwide, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The country’s top paying metropolitan areas included the Haverhill area at number three and the Lowell area at number seven.
The 2013 average dental assistant salary in Massachusetts was $41,190 a year according to the EOLWD. While 98.2% of these dental assistants worked in health care and social services, the average salary was $4,300 more a year for those who worked in educational services.
The average entry-level Massachusetts dental assistant salary was highest in the Cape & Islands Workforce Investment Area (WIA). The average salary and that for experienced dental assistants was highest in the Lower Merrimack Valley WIA:
Cape & Islands
Greater New Bedford
Lower Merrimack Valley
The number of Massachusetts dental assistant jobs is projected to grow by 12.5% over the ten year period ending in 2022, according to the state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD).
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It projects that 234 dental assistant jobs a year will become available in Massachusetts during this period. Slightly more than 62% of these jobs will be generated by the exit of dental assistants from the field. The remaining 88 jobs will come from growth.
The BLS provides a detailed breakdown of 2013 dental assisting salaries throughout metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas of Massachusetts:
Annual mean wage
Barnstable Town, MA
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA NECTA Division
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton MA NECTA Division
Framingham MA NECTA Division
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury MA-NH NECTA Division
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem MA-NH NECTA Division
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford MA-NH NECTA Division
Nashua NH-MA NECTA Division
Peabody MA NECTA Division
Providence-Fall River-Warwick RI-MA
Taunton-Norton-Raynham MA NECTA Division
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area