How Much Do Dental Assistants Make in Delaware?

Delaware is one of America’s smallest and least populous states. However, it’s also one of the most prosperous. Across all income levels, Delaware residents maintain their health with the help of experienced dentists and dedicated dental assistants.

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The number of dental assistants working in Delaware will go up slightly by 2026. Between 2016 and that year, the increase is projected to equal roughly 7 percent. About 90 assistant jobs come open across the state in the average year.

With annual incomes averaging $42,000-plus, Delaware dental assistants beat the national norm by roughly $1,000. The best-paid assistants working in the state earn about 50 percent more than the state and national averages.

AreaNameBase YearEmployedProjection YearProjected EmploymentChange% ChangeProjected Average Annual Job Openings
United States2018346,0002026384,70038,70019.5%44,800
Delaware20167802026840607.7%90
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
Delaware770$20.37$42,380$27,580$33,050$40,390$51,310$61,110

Dental assistant salaries are relatively stable in all of Delaware’s major population centers. The highest incomes are found in the Wilmington metro region, which also includes Camden and Philadelphia. In the region with the lowest incomes, Dover, dental assistant salaries fall off by just $1,800 a year.

AreaTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Dover, DE140$19.43$40,420$24,440$29,870$37,570$48,140$62,900
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD6030$20.32$42,260$27,870$34,500$41,850$50,660$59,750
Salisbury, MD-DE330$19.94$41,480$27,870$33,610$39,630$48,380$59,100

Delaware dental assistants have a higher average income than the state’s medical assistants, pharmacy assistants and nursing assistants. However, consistent with nationwide trends, they make substantially less money than Delaware physical therapist assistants.

OccupationTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Pharmacy Technicians1360$16.18$33,650$23,350$27,010$31,530$39,360$47,600
Nursing Assistants5030$15.27$31,770$26,290$28,230$31,230$35,680$39,120
Physical Therapist Assistants340$29.62$61,610$44,690$49,000$58,180$73,700$83,270
Dental Assistants770$20.37$42,380$27,580$33,050$40,390$51,310$61,110
Medical Assistants2700$16.72$34,770$25,210$29,070$34,000$39,590$47,360
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