The New Hampshire Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau (ELMIB) showed job growth in the field of dental assisting to be a very favorable in a 2014 analysis of occupations in the state. It projects the number of jobs will increase 16.9% between 2012 and 2022. On average, forty-seven dental assistant jobs a year will be become available during this time frame.
New Hampshire had the highest dental assistant salaries in the country in 2014 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In particular, Manchester had the highest average dental assistant salary of any metropolitan area in the U.S.
The average 2014 dental assistant salary in New Hampshire was $44,315 according to the ELMIB. Dental assistants starting in the field earned $32,614 a year on average, while those with experience earned an average of $50,170 a year.
New Hampshire’s metropolitan areas had average dental assistant salaries that were substantially above the average U.S. salary. The highest New Hampshire dental assistant salary was in the Manchester area:
In 2013, there were 1,270 dental assistants employed in New Hampshire. Twenty-two percent of them were in the Nashua area, while 17.3% worked in the Manchester area. The Concord area had the third highest concentration of dental assistants with 16.5%.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed breakdown of 2013 New Hampshire dental assisting salary percentiles: