Although the average 2013 dental assistant salary in Rhode Island was $35,568, the average salary in the Norwich area was significantly higher at $37,315. Rhode Island dental assistants just entering the workforce earned $31,928 on average.
The Rhode Island dental assistant salary for experienced professionals was $41,330 on average, but was substantially higher in the Norwich area:
Rhode Island Dental Assistant Employment Levels and Job Growth
The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training projects a 6.5% increase in the number of jobs for dental assistants between 2012 and 2022. In 2012, 804 dental assistants were employed in Rhode Island. Their numbers had increased to 840 by 2013.
While 52 jobs from growth are expected to become available in the ten-year period ending in 2022, an additional 167 replacement jobs will become available. These are jobs that are generated by the need to replace dental assistants leaving the workforce.
The US Department of Labor provides an analysis of 2013 Rhode Island dental assisting salary percentiles in selected regions of the state: