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South Carolina Dental Assistant Salary

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce expects an annual increase of 2.3% in the number of dental assistant jobs in the state between 2012 and 2022. This rate of increase is twice that of the overall occupational growth rate in the state.

The 2013 median dental assistant salary in South Carolina was very close to the national average – $34,500 in South Carolina versus $34,900 nationally.

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Experienced dental assistants in South Carolina earned an average of $38,160, while those entering the workforce earned $27,110 on average that year.

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Dental Assistant Salaries in South Carolina’s Workforce Regions

Dental assistants’ salaries varied a great deal between the different workforce regions in the state. For instance, the average South Carolina dental assistant salary for experienced professionals differed by $7,365 from the highest paying region of Trident to the lowest paying region of Worklink:

South Carolina Area
Entry-level
Experienced
Catawba
$29869
$38439
Greenville
$31023
$41381
Low Country
$32538
$36831
Lower Savannah
$23620
$39922
Midlands
$30805
$38175
Pee Dee
$23194
$35108
Santee-Lynches
$28239
$36111
Trident
$29794
$41529
Upper Savannah
$23686
$36094
Upstate
$23562
$35557
Waccamaw
$24019
$35311
Worklink
$25570
$34164

South Carolina Dental Assistant Job Growth and Projected Openings

The number of annual dental assistant jobs projected to become available during the ten-year period leading up to 2022 is projected to be 153 on average. Slightly more than half of these jobs will come from the need to replace people leaving the workforce, while the remaining will be due to growth.

Ninety-one dental assistant jobs were advertised online in South Carolina as of October 2014. Nearly all of them were offered in Charleston and Richland counties. Thirty-six of the advertised jobs were in Charleston County, while 26 were in Richland County.

The US Department of Labor provides a detailed breakdown of 2013 South Carolina dental assisting salary percentiles in selected regions of the state:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Anderson SC
140
32650
Augusta-Richmond County GA-SC
620
32810
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville SC
380
37600
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC
1650
37900
Columbia SC
680
35720
Florence SC
200
31280
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley SC
550
36660
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach SC
190
33660
Spartanburg SC
250
34500
Sumter SC
80
33450
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
340
31960
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
220
27030
Pee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
60
30650
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
90
34500