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Dental Assistant Salaries in Kansas

Healthcare careers are on the rise across the country. As the population grows and ages at the same time, all types of healthcare workers are needed. Dentists in Kansas are on the lookout for qualified assistants to help with patients, administrative tasks, and assistance during exams and procedures.

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While growth in many other states is higher, dental assistant positions are still growing at a steady rate in Kansas. Expect to see over 300 open jobs for qualified professionals each year at least through 2026.

Dental assistants in Kansas are employed in a variety of settings, including dental offices, clinics, hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Some dental assistants may also be self-employed. Many dental assistants work full time, but some work part time. Some dental assistants work evenings and weekends to accommodate patients’ schedules.

The average salary for Kansas dental assistants is about $4,000 lower than the national average. Earning potential increases depending on location, employer and years of experience. The top ten percent of dental assistants in Kansas make more than $50,000 annually.

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

The metro area with the greatest number of employed dental assistants includes Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri. The highest salaries, however, are found in the Lawrence area and the lowest in and around Wichita.

AreaTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Kansas City, MO-KS2110$19.10$39,730$27,090$30,760$40,420$47,770$53,680
Lawrence, KS140$20.88$43,430$32,200$36,890$43,890$49,320$55,940
Manhattan, KS90$18.83$39,160$26,820$32,400$37,650$45,390$55,600
Topeka, KS190$17.92$37,280$29,850$33,480$36,800$40,000$45,470
Wichita, KS740$17.34$36,080$26,960$30,770$35,660$41,130$48,190

Dental assistant salaries in Kansas are higher than those for all other healthcare assistant careers except for physical therapist assistants, who can earn as much as $12,000 more per year. Dental assistants in the state earn more than medical and nursing assistants and pharmacy techs on average.

OccupationTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Pharmacy Technicians4220$16.54$34,390$25,120$28,810$33,940$38,690$46,370
Nursing Assistants21840$13.12$27,280$21,550$23,930$27,080$30,240$33,400
Physical Therapist Assistants1240$28.64$59,570$43,950$50,340$58,390$67,320$78,940
Dental Assistants2970$18.19$37,830$26,770$31,500$37,310$44,370$50,630
Medical Assistants5220$15.12$31,450$23,350$26,940$30,800$36,130$40,000

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