How Much do Dental Assistants Earn in Kentucky?

This northernmost southern state is famous for horses, bluegrass and southern-style cooking. Residents here are also increasingly concerned about health and wellness, and the healthcare industry is growing in response. This is a great place to start a career as a dental assistant.

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Employment statistics indicate that jobs for qualified dental assistants are growing at a promising rate of over 12 percent in Kentucky. Those looking for a position can expect to see nearly 600 openings per year for the next several years.

In Kentucky, the average yearly salary for a dental assistant is $36,870, much less than the national average. However, there are opportunities to earn more. Those earning in the top percent have salaries of $50,000 and higher annually.

AreaNameBase YearEmployedProjection YearProjected EmploymentChange% ChangeProjected Average Annual Job Openings
United States2018346,0002026384,70038,70019.5%44,800
Kentucky20164,46020265,01055012.3%570
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
Kentucky4,500$17.73$36,870$24,380$29,620$36,400$43,860$50,980

The metro area that includes Cincinnati has the highest number of dental assistants, followed by Louisville and Jefferson County. The highest salaries for dental assistants are also around Cincinnati, while the lowest earnings are found in the Bowling Green metropolitan area.

AreaTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bowling Green, KY190$16.29$33,880$24,270$28,300$34,080$38,870$43,010
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN2510$20.33$42,280$28,890$32,870$39,900$49,460$60,510
Clarksville, TN-KY270$19.08$39,690$29,830$33,060$37,420$46,410$55,260
Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY90$16.35$34,000$26,970$29,220$33,640$38,600$42,640
Evansville, IN-KY280$19.04$39,600$32,980$34,940$38,130$43,910$50,310
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH280$15.92$33,110$22,140$26,430$32,530$38,800$47,120
Lexington-Fayette, KY720$18.83$39,170$26,680$31,780$40,560$46,660$50,770
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN1460$19.28$40,090$27,620$33,530$39,020$47,840$57,160
Owensboro, KY120$16.37$34,050$22,960$28,430$34,910$38,470$41,200

Among healthcare assistant jobs in Kentucky, physical therapist assistants earn the most. They can make as much as $17,000 more per year than dental assistants. Dental assistants out-earn medical and nursing assistants as well as pharmacy technicians.

OccupationTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Pharmacy Technicians8840$14.44$30,040$21,050$24,750$29,370$35,340$39,900
Nursing Assistants22280$13.12$27,280$20,850$23,190$26,930$30,690$35,430
Physical Therapist Assistants1570$25.52$53,080$31,570$44,220$54,960$63,030$72,390
Dental Assistants4500$17.73$36,870$24,380$29,620$36,400$43,860$50,980
Medical Assistants9940$15.66$32,570$23,200$27,240$32,090$37,570$42,490
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