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:
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.
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: