How Much Do Dental Assistants Earn in Alaska?

Alaska is America’s largest state by area. It also has one of the nation’s smallest populations. Still, to maintain good health, Alaska residents need reliable access to dentists. In turn, dentists need access to trained, capable dental assistants.

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The number of dental assistant positions in Alaska is increasing. Between 2016 and 2026, the total number of such positions will go up by fully 24 percent. In addition, every year, Alaska employers post roughly 170 openings for dental assistant jobs.

Alaska dental assistants earn more money each year than in most other places in the U.S. In fact, annual salaries for the state are more than $8,000 above the national average.

AreaNameBase YearEmployedProjection YearProjected EmploymentChange% ChangeProjected Average Annual Job Openings
United States2018346,0002026384,70038,70019.5%44,800
Alaska20161,16020261,44028024.1%170
StateTotal EmployedHourly MeanHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile
U.S.351,470$19.79$41,170$27,980$33,440$40,080$48,550$56,930
Alaska960$23.73$49,350$33,290$39,080$47,100$58,980$67,560

Most of Alaska’s dental assistants work in one of two metropolitan areas: Anchorage and Fairbanks. Average salaries in the Anchorage area are approximately $46,000. Assistants working in the Fairbanks area make an average of just over $50,000.

AreaTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Anchorage, AK500$22.14$46,050$31,170$37,710$45,730$54,680$63,660
Fairbanks, AK80$24.18$50,280$34,350$37,850$45,480$55,770$62,090

Alaska dental assistants make some of the highest salaries among support personnel working in the state’s healthcare industry. Three types of professionals – pharmacy assistants, medical assistants and nursing assistants – make less money. However, physical therapist assistants make about $14,000 more annually than dental assistants.

OccupationTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Pharmacy Technicians590$21.29$44,280$33,090$37,140$43,680$50,360$58,270
Nursing Assistants1730$19.38$40,320$32,860$35,410$38,810$44,960$49,750
Physical Therapist Assistants240$30.50$63,440$38,130$51,100$65,230$77,630$85,070
Dental Assistants960$23.73$49,350$33,290$39,080$47,100$58,980$67,560
Medical Assistants2740$21.94$45,630$34,590$38,750$44,820$50,700$58,750
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