When the Utah Department of Workforce Services issued their report on 2008-2018 occupational projections, the dental assisting profession was given a notable mention. With more 100 annual job openings for this growth period, dental assistants are among the top ten fastest growing occupations in the state.
This government-issued report stated the average employment growth rate for all occupations in Utah between 2008 and 2018 is expected to be 2.1%. By comparison, the dental assistant profession is slated to far exceed this average with a growth rate of 5.4%.
Average Salary by Income Percentiles in Utah
The Department of Workforce Services shows that in May 2013, dental assistants employed in Utah were earning an average median wage of $3.25/hr. or an average median salary of $27,549/yr. However, employers often paid inexperienced dental assistants a reduced average median wage of $11.10/hr. or an average median salary of $23,085/yr.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2013, dental assistants in Utah were earning a broad range of average wages. Here are wage earning percentiles for that year:
- 25th Percentile” $11.71/hr.
- Median Percentile: $13.15/hr.
- 75th Percentile: $14.57/hr.
- 90th Percentile: $17.21/hr.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2013, dental assistants in Utah experienced great salary differences between percentiles: