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Salaries and Employment for Dental Assistants in Indiana

Indiana has a growing population and a growing demand for dental assistants. The entire healthcare industry is expanding rapidly as people become more health conscious and the population ages. Dentists need assistants to work with patients, keep the office clean, and assist during exams and procedures.

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There are currently 5,510 dental assistants working in Indiana, and that number is expected to grow to 6,530 by 2026. This rapid growth of nearly 19 percent is faster than average job growth across the U.S. Demand will continue to grow for qualified dental assistants.

The Indiana Dental Association is a professional organization that offers resources and networking opportunities for dental professionals in the state. The Indiana Dental Assistants Association also provides support and information for those working in this career. Joining one or both of these organizations can help you stay up-to-date on the latest industry news and trends.

Dental assistants in Indiana can expect to earn around $42,000, an average salary that closely mirrors the average across all states. With more experience and depending on location, it’s possible to earn up to $58,000 and more in the state.

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

There is some variety in salary and employment levels in Indiana depending on location. The highest salaries are in the Indianapolis area, but the greatest number of dental assistants working is in the metro area that includes Chicago. The lowest salaries in the state on average are in Terre Haute.

AreaTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bloomington, IN170$21.09$43,870$32,380$37,640$44,240$50,140$56,680
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI10760$19.72$41,030$29,490$34,190$41,110$48,590$53,610
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN2510$20.33$42,280$28,890$32,870$39,900$49,460$60,510
Columbus, IN**$21.66$45,050$32,670$35,910$41,610$56,270$62,300
Elkhart-Goshen, IN150$22.90$47,630$35,260$42,540$48,470$54,370$60,320
Evansville, IN-KY280$19.04$39,600$32,980$34,940$38,130$43,910$50,310
Fort Wayne, IN630$19.59$40,740$32,780$35,310$39,250$45,400$52,000
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN2120$21.36$44,420$31,790$36,230$43,330$51,630$60,980
Kokomo, IN80$21.24$44,180$33,310$38,090$44,180$50,800$57,450
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN190$17.06$35,490$25,670$32,380$35,900$39,540$46,330
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN1460$19.28$40,090$27,620$33,530$39,020$47,840$57,160
Michigan City-La Porte, IN100$18.93$39,370$29,210$33,220$37,750$43,690$55,950
Muncie, IN120$19.33$40,210$28,840$34,180$39,260$47,240$55,760
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI270$20.47$42,590$33,350$35,730$39,670$49,470$59,600
Terre Haute, IN110$14.18$29,490$16,870$18,580$31,770$37,750$42,430

Among similar healthcare assistant careers, dental assistants earn more than most. Only physical therapist assistants earn more. Indiana dental assistants out-earn medical and nursing assistants and pharmacy technicians by as much as $13,000.

OccupationTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Pharmacy Technicians9610$15.58$32,410$23,010$26,930$32,100$37,520$43,140
Nursing Assistants30890$13.75$28,610$21,900$24,810$28,370$31,860$36,730
Physical Therapist Assistants2620$27.56$57,330$41,720$47,560$56,160$65,220$77,610
Dental Assistants6390$20.21$42,040$30,240$34,770$40,680$49,400$58,630
Medical Assistants16120$16.37$34,050$26,720$29,550$33,880$38,280$42,020

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