The average entry-level dental assistant salary in Pennsylvania was $24,350 a year in 2013. Experienced professionals earned $37,950 on average, while the mean dental assistant salary was $33,420.
Pennsylvania dental assistant salary levels varied widely throughout the state’s nine most heavily populated counties.
The highest mean salary was in Delaware County, while the highest salary for experienced professionals was in Montgomery County:
Dental Assistant Job Growth in Pennsylvania’s Metropolitan Areas
The number of dental assistant jobs in Pennsylvania is projected to grow by 8.7% between 2012 and 2022 according to the state’s Department of Labor and Industry. Growth will be even higher in some metropolitan areas.
The levels of dental assistance job growth are higher in all of Pennsylvania’s major metropolitan areas except for the State College area. Growth rates are exceptionally high in the Reading and Lebanon areas at 17.1% and 16.7% respectively. The job growth rate is 13% in the Allentown and Erie areas.
Most of Pennsylvania’s 12,160 dental assistant jobs were found in the Philadelphia area in 2012. This area’s 116 projected annual openings represent 32.5% of the state’s total. Sixty-nine dental assistant jobs a year are predicted to become available in the Reading area.
Nonmetropolitan areas of Pennsylvania can be excellent sources of dental assistant jobs. The eastern central nonmetropolitan area of Pennsylvania had the second highest employment level in this field of any such area in the country in 2013 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The BLS provides an analysis of 2013 Pennsylvania dental assisting salary percentiles in both metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas: