Dental Assistant Salaries in Arizona

With its sunny skies and warm climate, it’s no wonder that Arizona is one of the fastest-growing states in the U.S. That growing population is putting demand on healthcare and dental care services. Qualified dental assistants are needed here more than ever.

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The employment statistics for dental assistants in Arizona demonstrate this high demand. Between 2016 and 2026, the number of employed dental assistants in the state is expected to grow by 32.9 percent. There should be over 1,000 new job openings each year.

The average dental assistant salary in Arizona is comparable to the national average. The top earners in the state make more than $52,000 per year compared to the average of $41,050.

AreaNameBase YearEmployedProjection YearProjected EmploymentChange% ChangeProjected Average Annual Job Openings
United States2018346,0002026384,70038,70019.5%44,800
Arizona20167,00020269,3002,30032.9%1,110
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
Arizona7,940$19.73$41,050$27,950$34,290$42,390$48,350$52,680

Dental assistants in Arizona earn the most on average working in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metro area. This region also has the highest number of dental assistants. The region of both lowest employment and salary is in Sierra Vista and Douglas.

AreaTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Flagstaff, AZ200$16.96$35,270$25,100$27,860$34,590$41,610$48,250
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ240$18.16$37,760$31,550$33,960$37,360$41,980$47,620
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ6040$20.33$42,280$28,600$35,810$44,000$49,220$53,420
Prescott, AZ200$17.78$36,980$27,170$30,610$36,410$44,060$50,040
Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ70$17.33$36,040$28,220$32,130$35,780$39,590$45,800
Tucson, AZ710$17.56$36,520$24,800$30,210$37,260$42,830$48,230
Yuma, AZ140$17.53$36,450$26,850$28,770$32,230$45,100$50,300

Dental assistants in Arizona earn more than pharmacy technicians, nursing assistants and medical assistants, by as much as $7,000 annually. However, physical therapist assistants earn nearly $2,000 more per year than dental assistants in the state.

OccupationTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Pharmacy Technicians8900$17.39$36,170$26,100$29,970$35,530$41,480$48,450
Nursing Assistants14450$15.69$32,640$26,080$28,530$32,180$36,890$40,020
Physical Therapist Assistants2900$20.91$43,500$26,420$29,460$36,260$58,520$74,170
Dental Assistants7940$19.73$41,050$27,950$34,290$42,390$48,350$52,680
Medical Assistants17540$16.39$34,090$26,760$29,500$34,000$38,420$41,790
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