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Oregon Dental Assistant Salary

At $38,792, the median 2014 dental assistant salary in Oregon is nearly $3,900 greater than the national median for this field. Dental assistants earning in the top ten percent made $51,106 on average, while those new to the field representing the bottom ten percent averaged $30,701.


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In Oregon, dental assistant salaries can vary substantially in different regions of the state. There was a difference of $14,893 between the highest and lowest median salaries:

Oregon Area
10th Percentile
90th Percentile
Benton/Lincoln/Linn
$32698
$47507
Clackamas
$32074
$56306
Crook/Deschutes/Jefferson
$32219
$47382
Douglas
$27310
$39062
Grant/Harney/Malheur
$20218
$36046
Jackson/Josephine
$26270
$45531
Lane
$30867
$54662
Marion/Polk/Yamhill
$28870
$45781
Morrow/Umatilla
$26270
$42765
Multnomah/Washington
$32864
$54246

Regional Employment Projections for Oregon’s Dental Assistants

The number of dental assistant jobs available in Oregon is expected to increase 10.9% between 2012 and 2022 according to the Oregon Employment Department.

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Five of Oregon’s regions had projected growth rates that were higher than the state’s average:

  • Klamath/Lake – 9%
  • Gilliam/Hood River/Sherman/Wheeler/Wasco – 9%
  • Clatsop/Columbia/Tillamook – 8%
  • Baker/Union/Wallowa – 4%

The Multnomah/Washington region has by far the largest number of projected annual openings for dental assistants. In the ten-year period ending in 2022, 142 dental assistant jobs are expected to become available each year in this region. This represents 35.9% of all of the annual job openings expected in Oregon during this period. More than 65% of these jobs are expected to come from dental assistants who will leave the field.

The US Department of Labor provides an analysis of dental assistant salary percentiles in key regions throughout Oregon (2013):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bend OR
230
38200
Corvallis OR
130
40730
Eugene-Springfield OR
380
42060
Medford OR
240
35600
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro OR-WA
3170
40250
Salem OR
460
36180
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area
190
40870
Southern Oregon and Linn County nonmetropolitan area
310
34020
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area
120
35180
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area
160
31590