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New York Dental Assistant Salary

New York State had the third highest dental assistant employment level in the country in 2013 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The number of New York State dental assistant jobs is projected to increase to even higher levels according to the state’s Department of Labor, which projects a 16.2% growth rate between 2010 and 2020.

New York State Dental Assistant Salaries by Region

The 2014 New York dental assistant salary for experienced professionals was $40,120. Dental assistants entering the workforce earned an average of $27,380. The average salary throughout the state was $35,850.

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The average dental assistant salary in New York varied substantially across the state’s regions. Dental assistants in Long Island earned the highest average salary in the state:

New York Area
Entry-level
Experienced
Capital Region
$29240
$41830
Central New York
$28030
$38370
Finger Lakes
$26680
$38290
Hudson Valley
$29070
$40670
Long Island
$28270
$42700
Mohawk Valley
$26060
$35950
New York City
$26910
$39530
North Country
$26210
$34990
Southern Tier
$26060
$36470
Western New York
$27570
$38220

Regional Dental Assistant Job Growth in New York State

The increase in the number of dental assistant jobs is projected to be particularly high in four of New York’s regions. Growth rates of over 20% are projected in these regions:

  • Hudson Valley – 7%
  • Long Island – 6%
  • Capital Region – 3%
  • New York City – 2%
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This increase in dental assistance jobs in the New York City region is particularly significant since the US Department of Labor indicated that this metropolitan area had the third highest employment level of any such area in the country as of 2013.

The US Department of Labor also provides a breakdown of 2013 New York dental assisting salary percentiles by region:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Albany-Schenectady-Troy NY
850
38030
Binghamton NY
270
32580
Buffalo-Niagara Falls NY
1030
34300
Elmira NY
90
30300
Glens Falls NY
70
31320
Ithaca NY
170
36080
Kingston NY
130
34040
Nassau-Suffolk NY Metropolitan Division
3720
37600
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island NY-NJ-PA
17980
37350
New York-White Plains-Wayne NY-NJ Metropolitan Division
10050
36190
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown NY
730
35340
Rochester NY
960
34350
Syracuse NY
510
34810
Utica-Rome NY
290
32520
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area
430
32000
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area
80
31530
Central New York nonmetropolitan area
170
31080
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area
280
34020