Dental Assistant Salaries in Washington, DC

Over 700,000 people call Washington, DC home. Commuters from surrounding areas such as Baltimore, Maryland, and some Virginia suburbs travel to Washington, DC for employment. These commuters cause the daytime population in the District of Columbia to reach over one million people. There is high demand for experienced professionals in the healthcare industry throughout the Washington, DC area, including dental assistants to help both residents and commuters with their dental and healthcare needs.

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Employment projections for dental assistants in the District of Columbia between 2016 and 2026 predict an increase of approximately 19.4 percent.

Dental assistants working in Washington, DC typically earn more than the average salary paid to professionals in this field across the United States.

AreaNameBase YearEmployedProjection YearProjected EmploymentChange% ChangeProjected Average Annual Job Openings
United States2018346,0002026384,70038,70019.5%44,800
District of Columbia2016670202680013019.4%90
StateTotal EmployedHourly MeanHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile
District of Columbia670$20.91$43,500$27,590$27,600$39,000$53,770$66,580

The metropolitan area of Washington, DC refers to the area surrounding the capital of the United States. This includes not only all of the federal district but also parts of nearby Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Over six thousand people are employed as dental assistants in this area, which includes Washington, DC, Baltimore and Arlington, VA.

AreaTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV6050$23.01$47,860$28,990$36,740$46,100$56,500$70,490

Healthcare can be a rewarding and well-paid field. In the Washington, DC area, the highest paid healthcare workers are medical assistants, closely followed by dental assistants and pharmacy technicians. Physical therapist assistants and nursing assistants earn slightly less.

OccupationTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Pharmacy Technicians670$20.31$42,240$29,450$33,220$41,200$49,870$58,480
Nursing Assistants3460$16.98$35,320$28,770$30,080$32,800$39,240$46,230
Physical Therapist Assistants190$19.88$41,350$28,260$33,990$38,100$45,890$58,950
Dental Assistants670$20.91$43,500$27,590$27,600$39,000$53,770$66,580
Medical Assistants1870$21.41$44,530$31,480$37,300$44,320$50,130$58,120