The number of dental assistant jobs in Michigan is projected to increase by 15.3% over the ten-year period ending in 2020, according to the state’s Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (MDTMB). Job growth is projected to be particularly high in two areas of Michigan. The projected increase is 26.1% in Ann Arbor and 25.5% in the northwest Lower Peninsula.
The 2013 average dental assistant salary in Michigan was $34,370 a year. Experienced dental assistants in the 90th percentile averaged $45,650 a year. Dental assistants in the 10th percentile are typically those entering the workforce. They averaged $24,620 a year.
The MDTMB provides information on dental assistant salaries in areas outside of Michigan’s metropolitan areas. The average Michigan dental assistant salary in these areas was highest in the northwest Lower Peninsula balance of state:
Nonmetropolitan areas can be excellent sources of dental assistant jobs in Michigan. The balance of the Lower Peninsula had the fifth highest employment level in the country of any nonmetropolitan area, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
In 2013, 48% of Michigan’s 9,330 dental assistants were employed in the southeastern portion of the state. The area with the second highest concentration of dental assistants was the Grand Rapids Area with 10.2%.
The BLS provides a detailed breakdown of 2013 dental assisting salary percentiles throughout metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas of Michigan: