How Much Can Dental Assistants Make in Colorado?

Colorado is America’s eight largest state by area and has a population of close to six million people. To maintain their oral health, the state’s residents make regular use of dentists. In doing so, they also make regular use of skilled dental assistants.

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Over the decade of time between 2016 and 2026, Colorado will gain a total of roughly 1,260 new dental assistants. This is a significant jump of almost 19 percent. Job openings for existing assistant positions are quite common in the typical year.

At just over $42,000 annually, salaries in Colorado sit just slightly above the nationwide average for dental assistants. Top earners in the state make more than $56,000 a year.

AreaNameBase YearEmployedProjection YearProjected EmploymentChange% ChangeProjected Average Annual Job Openings
United States2018346,0002026384,70038,70019.5%44,800
Colorado20166,83020268,0901,26018.4%960
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
Colorado8,390$20.22$42,050$30,020$35,170$41,900$49,100$56,040

Salary-wise,the most promising market for Colorado dental assistants is the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metropolitan region. The lowest salaries occur in the Greely metro region. There is about $7,000 difference in annual earnings between these two areas.

AreaTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Boulder, CO580$19.93$41,450$29,480$34,880$42,980$48,420$51,670
Colorado Springs, CO1250$18.23$37,930$26,390$29,910$36,620$45,150$52,800
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO4490$21.33$44,370$33,150$37,570$44,250$51,010$58,560
Fort Collins, CO540$20.39$42,410$32,780$35,980$41,280$49,090$55,350
Grand Junction, CO220$19.26$40,060$29,840$35,770$41,440$46,300$49,770
Greeley, CO320$17.92$37,270$24,400$31,560$38,500$44,450$48,840
Pueblo, CO220$19.20$39,940$28,630$34,300$39,510$45,950$52,720

On average, Colorado dental assistants make $11,000 less per year than the state’s physical therapist assistants. Still, they make more than all other major types of healthcare assistants. The category of lesser earners includes medical assistants as well as pharmacy and nursing assistants.

OccupationTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Pharmacy Technicians5600$18.27$38,000$27,690$32,200$36,850$43,310$50,750
Nursing Assistants21970$16.34$33,980$26,590$29,460$33,690$37,860$40,830
Physical Therapist Assistants1500$25.85$53,770$29,660$44,470$56,360$63,060$72,410
Dental Assistants8390$20.22$42,050$30,020$35,170$41,900$49,100$56,040
Medical Assistants12100$17.98$37,410$27,810$32,500$36,920$42,000$48,770
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