Right now, the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation considers dental assisting a high demand occupation. There were 865 dental assistants employed in South Dakota in 2012. By 2022, this number will grow to roughly 975.
This increase over a ten-year period represents an average annual employment growth rate of 12.7%. This increase will result in approximately 29 new dental assistant job opening per year through 2022.
Comparing Dental Assistants to Other Healthcare Support Occupations in South Dakota
The dental assisting profession is considered a healthcare support occupation in South Dakota. According to the Department of Labor and Regulation, workers employed in this major occupational group earned an average hourly wage of $12.38 in the quarter ending in July 2014.
Individual wage percentiles for healthcare support occupations are as follows:
- 25th Percentile: $10.34/hr.
- Median Percentile: $11.81/hr.
- 75th Percentile: $14.12/hr.
- 90th Percentile: $16.77/hr.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, dental assistants in South Dakota were earning higher average wages than the standard wages for healthcare support occupations in 2013.
Individual wage percentiles for dental assistants are as follows:
- 25th Percentile: $12.48/hr.
- Median Percentile: $14.79/hr.
- 75th Percentile: $17.47/hr.
- 90th Percentile: $20.13/hr.
Average Salaries for Dental Assistants in South Dakota
Full-time dental assistants often receive annual salaries instead out hourly wages. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2013, the salary percentiles for dental assistants were as follows:
- 25th Percentile: $26,000/yr.
- Median Percentile: $30,800/yr.
- 75th Percentile: $36,300/yr.
- 90th Percentile: $41,900/yr.
Dental assistant wage and salary variations across geographic areas of South Dakota in 2013 are located in the graph below: