In the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development’s long-term occupational projection report, the state government expects the number of dental assistant professionals to increase from 5,260 workers in 2010 to 5,950 by 2020.
This projection translates into a 13.1% employment grow change, effectively opening up 1,790 new openings through 2020.
In 2013, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area is among the top ten highest paying metropolitan areas for dental assistants in the nation.
In that year, there were 3,440 dental assistants employed in this metropolitan area. These workers earned an average annual salary of $44,050 or an average hourly wage of $21.18.
Dental Assistant Salaries and Wages Rival National Averages in Wisconsin
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2013, dental assistants salary and wage incomes closely rivaled national averages for this occupation. To illustrate this distinctive resemblance, here are the pay percentiles for dental assistants working at the state and national levels:
- 10th Percentile WI: $25,900/yr. or $12.43/hr.
- 10th Percentile US: $24,200/yr. or $11.64/hr.
- 25th Percentile WI: $30,400/yr. or $14.63/hr.
- 25th Percentile US: $34,900/yr. or $13.86/hr.
- Median Percentile WI: $35,400/yr. or $17.01/hr.
- Median Percentile US: $34,900/yr. or $16.78/hr.
- 75th Percentile WI: $41,300/yr. or $19.84/hr.
- 75th Percentile US: $42,000/yr. or $20.18/hr.
- 90th Percentile WI: $46,600/yr. or $22.38/hr.
- 90th Percentile US: $48,400/yr. or $23.25/hr.
Geographic Location Impact Dental Assistant Pay Scales in Wisconsin
In 2013, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics determined that dental assistant salaries and wages in Wisconsin were clearly influenced by geographic location of employment: