Dental Assistant Salaries in Connecticut

Despite its relatively small size, Connecticut is America’s 29th most populous state. Throughout the state, residents rely on dentists to help keep their teeth and gums healthy. Whether or not they know it, they also rely on the skills of trained dental assistants.

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Connecticut is due to add about 670 new dental assistants over the decade between 2106 and 2026. That’s equivalent to a 17 percent increase for the state as a whole. About 530 job openings for new and existing positions occur each year.

Dental assistants working in the state can expect to make about $3,000 more per year than the national average of $41,170. The highest assistant salaries found within Connecticut fall in the neighborhood of $57,000 to $58,000 a year.

AreaNameBase YearEmployedProjection YearProjected EmploymentChange% ChangeProjected Average Annual Job Openings
United States2018346,0002026384,70038,70019.5%44,800
StateTotal EmployedHourly MeanHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile

Connecticut’s top metro region for dental assistant salaries is Worcester, which also extends into Massachusetts. Assistants working in the New Haven area make the lowest salaries. Still, in every metro region, salaries remain above the national norm.

AreaTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT1060$21.09$43,860$31,830$36,460$44,460$51,110$58,270
Danbury, CT330$22.17$46,100$35,850$40,410$45,280$50,380$58,420
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT1330$21.65$45,040$34,350$38,320$44,230$50,150$58,100
New Haven, CT680$20.62$42,900$32,970$37,940$44,540$49,280$52,210
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI260$22.94$47,720$36,010$42,150$48,160$53,620$60,510
Springfield, MA-CT1030$20.76$43,190$33,230$37,710$43,690$49,240$53,870
Waterbury, CT200$22.72$47,270$35,630$40,280$46,820$55,070$61,630
Worcester, MA-CT790$23.60$49,100$36,600$42,660$49,690$55,430$61,120

As is true in most other states, Connecticut dental assistants don’t earn as much as physical therapist assistants. However, they earn more than nursing assistants, medical assistants and pharmacy assistants.

OccupationTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Pharmacy Technicians3870$17.02$35,400$25,440$28,670$34,420$40,070$48,720
Nursing Assistants21600$16.52$34,360$26,450$29,280$33,860$38,610$44,030
Physical Therapist Assistants630$31.50$65,510$40,490$55,840$67,100$78,030$86,310
Dental Assistants4020$21.50$44,710$33,790$38,270$44,840$50,620$57,500
Medical Assistants8140$19.44$40,440$31,110$34,400$38,640$45,550$52,760