Dental Assistant Salaries in Minnesota

With its solid economy, highly rated schools and an expansive health care system, Minnesota is fertile ground for men and women seeking employment as dental assistants. Healthcare professionals are well compensated in Minnesota, making it a haven for those who receive specialized training in dentistry and other medical fields.

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Between 2016 and 2026, the number of jobs available for trained dental assistants in Minnesota is expected to rise by a modest 8.3 percent. This is about 40 percent of the job growth rate projected for the nation as a whole.

While the job expansion rate in the profession is unspectacular, the salaries for dental assistants in Minnesota are impressive, ranking at or near the top of the list in comparison to all other states.

AreaNameBase YearEmployedProjection YearProjected EmploymentChange% ChangeProjected Average Annual Job Openings
United States2018346,0002026384,70038,70019.5%44,800
Minnesota20165,64020266,1104708.3%680
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
Minnesota5,740$25.10$52,220$41,230$45,500$51,750$58,780$63,700

Wages for dental assistants in Minnesota are highest in the heavily populated Minneapolis-St. Paul region, where available jobs are also most plentiful. Ranking not far behind is the Rochester metropolitan area, which is home to the famous Mayo Clinic and is a hotbed for high-quality healthcare services in general. Other metropolitan areas that pay dental assistants very well include the St. Cloud metro area in the central part of the state, the Duluth (MN)-Superior (WI) area in the northeast and the Fargo (ND)-Moorhead (MN) area on the state’s western border.

AreaTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Duluth, MN-WI280$22.76$47,340$36,130$41,600$47,560$53,300$60,000
Fargo, ND-MN300$23.16$48,180$36,910$41,480$46,440$51,860$60,030
Grand Forks, ND-MN110$22.33$46,440$35,490$42,240$47,010$51,860$58,160
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN170$20.72$43,100$33,100$36,040$41,730$49,490$58,350
Mankato-North Mankato, MN80$22.09$45,950$36,110$40,750$45,980$51,240$57,670
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI3760$26.21$54,510$43,290$47,760$53,930$60,400$64,810
Rochester, MN360$25.49$53,010$42,010$47,040$54,700$60,480$64,320
St. Cloud, MN220$23.54$48,950$37,560$42,580$48,910$56,160$62,150

In Minnesota, physical therapists are paid a bit more on average than dental assistants. But the gap is much smaller than in most states. Pharmacy technicians, medical assistants and nursing assistants in the state all make considerably less than dental assistants.

OccupationTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Pharmacy Technicians8120$18.43$38,330$26,710$31,930$37,360$45,100$51,760
Nursing Assistants30350$16.90$35,150$27,320$30,460$34,990$39,420$45,200
Physical Therapist Assistants1590$26.82$55,780$43,340$49,070$56,190$62,190$67,450
Dental Assistants5740$25.10$52,220$41,230$45,500$51,750$58,780$63,700
Medical Assistants9950$20.05$41,710$33,040$36,380$41,570$47,650$51,890
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