Dental Assistant Salaries in Florida

Florida is the fourth most populous state in the country. As the population continues to grow, there’s increasing demand for well-trained professionals in the healthcare and dental industries. Demand is also increasing because of an aging population and increased interest in taking good care of teeth and general health.

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Employment for dental assistants in Florida between 2016 and 2026 is expected to increase approximately 23 percent. The number of dental assistants is expected to increase from 18,270 to 22,470, with 2,630 average annual openings.

Salary rates for dental assistants in Florida are typically just about in line or slightly less than salaries paid to employees in this field across the United States.

AreaNameBase YearEmployedProjection YearProjected EmploymentChange% ChangeProjected Average Annual Job Openings
United States2018346,0002026384,70038,70019.5%44,800
Florida201618,270202622,4704,20023.0%2,630
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
Florida20,550$19.10$39,730$27,910$33,250$38,810$46,820$53,420

Employment of dental assistants in Florida is highest in the most densely populated areas such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Tampa, St. Petersburg and Orlando. Salaries of dental assistants are fairly consistent across the state, with the highest average pay in the Sarasota area closely followed by the Naples and Marco Islands areas. Lowest salaries in the state are in Panama City.

AreaTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL500$20.42$42,470$28,170$31,970$41,040$51,150$61,450
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL260*******
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL470$17.31$36,000$23,770$30,540$35,940$41,080$49,050
Gainesville, FL420$18.92$39,360$27,770$31,810$38,190$46,590$53,450
Homosassa Springs, FL100$18.76$39,020$29,290$34,180$38,210$43,330$51,750
Jacksonville, FL1520$19.65$40,870$31,520$34,930$41,150$47,520$51,560
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL480$17.88$37,190$31,320$33,580$36,590$39,730$45,790
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL6720$18.84$39,180$25,450$30,460$38,580$47,670$54,740
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL410$20.71$43,080$33,240$36,280$41,490$49,720$57,750
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL840$20.82$43,310$33,050$36,810$43,050$49,590$55,380
Ocala, FL240$17.58$36,560$27,760$32,820$36,850$42,330$48,010
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL2730$18.74$38,980$31,940$34,360$37,830$42,790$49,610
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL720$17.35$36,090$28,710$32,220$35,850$39,980$45,780
Panama City, FL150$15.40$32,040$19,000$21,020$33,700$40,460$45,920
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL430$18.37$38,210$28,560$34,780$38,180$41,620$48,920
Port St. Lucie, FL330$19.39$40,330$31,870$35,230$39,900$45,870$50,260
Punta Gorda, FL160$18.59$38,660$27,030$29,720$36,910$47,080$54,210
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL160$18.48$38,430$29,330$34,010$38,150$43,880$49,600
Sebring, FL100$18.86$39,220$23,100$33,860$38,110$46,020$56,970
Tallahassee, FL330$18.41$38,300$25,790$30,810$37,070$45,390$55,670
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL3030$19.89$41,380$28,560$34,300$41,060$48,780$55,630
The Villages, FL90$20.51$42,670$34,470$38,760$43,850$47,920$50,700

Dental assistants are paid more than many other healthcare professionals in Florida, including nursing assistants, medical assistants and pharmacy technicians, but typically earn less than physical therapist assistants.

OccupationTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Pharmacy Technicians29800$16.02$33,330$24,110$27,710$32,750$37,850$44,260
Nursing Assistants87840$13.36$27,790$21,090$23,370$27,100$31,110$36,600
Physical Therapist Assistants6780$30.48$63,410$42,540$54,260$62,810$73,970$82,460
Dental Assistants20550$19.10$39,730$27,910$33,250$38,810$46,820$53,420
Medical Assistants57410$16.31$33,920$26,080$28,860$33,340$38,310$42,880
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