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.
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:
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%
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: