As the field of dental assisting grows, the number of dental assistant jobs in North Carolina is projected to increase by 23.8% between 2010 and 2020 according to the state’s Department of Commerce.
The median 2014 dental assistant salary in North Carolina was $37,400. Dental assistants entering the workforce averaged $29,780, while those with experience earned $41,210 on average.
Salaries in all categories were highest in the Raleigh area according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce:
Dental Assistant Employment Levels in North Carolina
In 2014, 9,080 dental assistants were employed throughout North Carolina. Slightly more than 18% were located in the Charlotte area, while 14.2% worked in the Raleigh area.
While Wilmington only had 640 dental assistants employed there in 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicated that this area had the eighth highest concentration of dental assistant jobs in the country in 2013.
The North Carolina Department of Commerce also analyzed dental assistant growth levels in Workforce Development Board (WDB) areas. The number of dental assistant jobs is projected to increase in all of these areas except for the Northwest Piedmont WDB. The Centralina WDB is projected to have the greatest amount of growth at 28.6%.
The BLS provides a breakdown of 2013 North Carolina dental assistant salary percentiles in its major metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas: