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Ohio Dental Assistant Salary

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the median Ohio dental assistant salary in 2014 was $34,921, while the top 25 percent earned $41,226 a year on average. Entry-level dental assistants earned substantially less, averaging $26,520 a year as of 2014.

Dental assistant salaries varied greatly throughout the state. In Ohio’s major metropolitan areas, the median dental assistant salary ranged from a low of $26,866 in Steubenville to a high of $38,331 in the Columbus area:

Ohio Area
Entry-level
75th percentile
Akron
$26520
$41226
Canton
$21229
$34996
Cincinnati
$25750
$38646
Columbus
$31491
$44491
Dayton
$27851
$40560
Lima
$27290
$42078
Mansfield
$26582
$41808
Sandusky
$25064
$40019
Springfield
$26749
$36608
Steubenville
$20987
$29952
Toledo
$27310
$43555
Youngstown
$27248
$41246

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Dental Assistant Job Growth in Ohio

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services projects a 20.5% increase in dental assistant jobs from 2010 to 2020. This is more than two times greater than the level of growth expected for the state as a whole.

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The rates of dental assistant job growth are expected to be higher than Ohio’s average in two of the state’s largest metropolitan areas. This increase is expected to be 23.2% in the Toledo area and 22.3% in the Dayton area.

Along with being home to the greatest number of dental assistants in Ohio as of 2013, the Columbus area is expected to have the highest number of average annual job openings in the dental assisting field. Fifty-nine jobs a year are expected to become available in this metropolitan area, out of a total of 416 throughout all of Ohio.

The US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics provides an analysis of 2013 Ohio dental assistant salary percentiles broken down by metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Akron OH
660
32770
Canton-Massillon OH
470
29420
Cincinnati-Middletown OH-KY-IN
1870
33440
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor OH
1680
36370
Columbus OH
1780
38270
Dayton OH
900
36450
Huntington-Ashland WV-KY-OH
170
30050
Lima OH
80
36060
Mansfield OH
90
35090
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna WV-OH
150
28590
Sandusky OH
60
33400
Springfield OH
120
32770
Steubenville-Weirton OH-WV
70
26250
Toledo OH
440
36530
Wheeling WV-OH
100
27920
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman OH-PA
550
34930
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
430
34770
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area
500
35690
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
260
29130
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
240
32580