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Washington Dental Assistant Salary

Exceptional employment and salary outlooks for dental assistants in Washington have recently gained the attention of the federal government. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2013:

  • Washington held the second highest concentration of dental assistant jobs in the country (9,220)
  • The Bremerton-Silverdale area held the fourth highest concentration of dental assistant jobs of all metropolitan areas in the country (380)
  • The Northwestern nonmetropolitan area held the fourth highest concentration of dental assistant jobs among all nonmetropolitan areas in the country (160)
  • The Southwestern nonmetropolitan area was ranked the fourth highest paying nonmetropolitan area for dental assistants in the country ($44,150/yr.)

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In March 2013, the Washington Employment Security Department determined that dental assistants working in the state earned an average annual salary of $39,907.71. Non-salaried workers in this occupation earned an average hourly wage of $19.19 in that same year.

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Salary and Wage Percentiles for Dental Assistants in Washington

In 2013, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics discovered dental assistants in Washington were earning higher-than-average salaries as compared to national standards. The juxtaposition of state and national pay percentiles for dental assistants in that year is as follows:

  • 10th Percentile WA: $28,000/yr. or $13.44/hr.
  • 10th Percentile US: $24,200/yr. or $11.64/hr.

  • 25th Percentile WA: $33,200/yr. or $15.98/hr.
  • 25th Percentile US: $28,800/yr. or $13.86/hr.

  • Median Percentile WA: $39,800/yr. or $19.14/hr.
  • Median Percentile US: $34,900/yr. or $16.78/hr.

  • 75th Percentile WA: $46,300/yr. or $22.24/hr.
  • 75th Percentile US: $42,000/yr. or $20.18/hr.

  • 90th Percentile WA: $53,900/yr. or $25.92/hr.
  • 90th Percentile US: $48,400/yr. or $23.25/hr.

Area-specific salary and wage information for dental assistants in Washington is featured in the table found below (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bellingham WA
280
36370
Bremerton-Silverdale WA
380
38310
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland WA
330
39710
Lewiston ID-WA
50
32950
Longview WA
90
35080
Mount Vernon-Anacortes WA
170
41520
Olympia WA
350
41550
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro OR-WA
3170
40250
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett WA Metropolitan Division
4070
42380
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue WA
4940
42020
Spokane WA
750
36450
Tacoma WA Metropolitan Division
870
40370
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee WA
130
37250
Yakima WA
190
34790
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
210
39400
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
160
44150
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
190
34180
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area
170
35030