Dental Assistant Salaries in Alabama

With almost five million residents, Alabama is America’s 24th most populous state. To help keep this population healthy, the state relies on knowledgeable health care providers like dental assistants. Throughout the year, these trained assistants provide crucial support to Alabama dentists.

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In the ten-year span between 2016 and 2026, Alabama will add roughly 620 dental assistant positions. There are about 480 job openings for these professionals in the typical year.

Alabama dental assistants make an average of almost $34,000 a year. This is significantly below the average for assistants working in most other states.

AreaNameBase YearEmployedProjection YearProjected EmploymentChange% ChangeProjected Average Annual Job Openings
United States2018346,0002026384,70038,70019.5%44,800
Alabama20163,52020264,14062017.6%480
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
Alabama3,140$16.05$33,390$23,870$28,080$33,020$38,860$45,080

The highest paid dental assistants in Alabama work in two metropolitan areas: Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville and Tuscaloosa. Other areas with relatively high salaries include Columbus, Birmingham-Hoover and Decatur. The lowest salaries for a metro region are found in Mobile. Other regions with relatively low salaries for dental assistants include Dothan, Montgomery and Daphne-Fairhope-Foley.

AreaTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL60$17.61$36,630$24,160$29,100$37,420$45,460$49,800
Auburn-Opelika, AL110$16.05$33,390$26,620$28,330$31,100$38,440$45,560
Birmingham-Hoover, AL690$17.10$35,560$27,700$31,660$35,910$40,310$45,740
Columbus, GA-AL270$17.26$35,910$24,680$30,280$35,790$41,200$47,140
Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL180$15.58$32,400$23,620$27,190$31,640$37,370$42,890
Decatur, AL120$16.47$34,260$26,880$28,760$32,090$40,380$46,090
Dothan, AL100$15.00$31,200$25,880$27,780$30,980$35,370$38,410
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL120$15.87$33,010$25,880$28,390$32,330$38,290$43,870
Gadsden, AL80$18.13$37,720$26,470$29,560$35,680$45,730$53,440
Huntsville, AL410$15.81$32,890$25,300$27,990$31,430$37,690$45,110
Mobile, AL300$14.88$30,950$23,340$26,400$30,910$36,190$39,220
Montgomery, AL210$15.24$31,690$19,980$24,580$33,290$38,180$41,590
Tuscaloosa, AL180$17.61$36,620$25,690$30,330$36,080$42,330$49,460

In Alabama, dental assistants make more money per year than several other similar types of health care providers. Those include nursing assistants, medical assistants and pharmacy technicians. However, at an average of more than $57,000 a year, physical therapist assistants make substantially more money than dental assistants.

OccupationTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Pharmacy Technicians6790$14.82$30,830$21,820$25,650$29,880$35,760$40,310
Nursing Assistants22750$11.82$24,590$18,750$21,220$23,710$27,090$31,640
Physical Therapist Assistants1790$27.75$57,730$39,450$49,590$58,580$67,660$78,300
Dental Assistants3140$16.05$33,390$23,870$28,080$33,020$38,860$45,080
Medical Assistants9580$14.05$29,220$21,120$24,460$28,570$32,940$39,490
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