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Dental Assistant Salaries in New Jersey

New Jersey’s dental industry is growing steadily, which means there is ongoing demand for qualified and trained dental assistants. Dentists need these key workers to help care for patients, manage records and ensure safety in the office.

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This is a great career for job stability in New Jersey with growth expected to exceed 12 percent per year through 2026 at least. Projections estimate that there will be about 1,400 positions open for licensed dental assistants each year going forward.

There are a few things you need to do in order to become a licensed dental assistant in New Jersey.

First, you must complete an accredited dental assisting program. You can find a list of accredited programs on the website of the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Next, you must pass the DANB dental assistant’s exam.

Finally, you must pass a state-specific jurisprudence exam. This exam tests your knowledge of dental assisting laws and regulations in New Jersey. You can register for the exam on the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry website.

The average salaries for dental assistants in New Jersey match the higher cost of living in the state. Average annual salaries exceed the national average by more than $3,000, and the highest earners make $61,680 and higher.

AreaNameBase YearEmployedProjection YearProjected EmploymentChange% ChangeProjected Average Annual Job Openings
United States2018346,0002026384,70038,70019.5%44,800
New Jersey201610,960202612,3301,37012.5%1,400

StateTotal EmployedHourly MeanHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile
New Jersey10,300$21.33$44,370$29,640$35,330$43,060$53,520$61,860

The New York CityNewarkJersey City metropolitan area has more than 21,000 employed dental assistants. The area of lowest employment in the state is in and around Vineland and Bridgeton. This area also has the highest average salary in the state by more than $8,000.

AreaTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ810$20.30$42,220$30,210$35,120$40,710$49,100$58,980
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ240$20.20$42,010$32,280$35,840$42,530$48,500$52,630
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA21780$20.47$42,580$28,050$33,180$41,350$51,020$60,520
Ocean City, NJ**$22.88$47,590$33,980$38,920$49,410$54,840$60,590
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD6030$20.32$42,260$27,870$34,500$41,850$50,660$59,750
Trenton, NJ640$19.66$40,880$24,610$31,610$38,470$47,910$61,670
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ180$23.42$48,710$35,820$42,270$49,680$57,480$62,470

Among similar healthcare assisting careers, dental assistant salaries compare favorably in New Jersey. Physical therapist assistants make more, but dental assistants out-earn medical assistants, nursing assistants and pharmacy technicians. They make over $10,000 more per year than the lowest-paying job on this list.

OccupationTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Pharmacy Technicians9810$16.61$34,550$22,510$26,010$31,730$41,810$49,860
Nursing Assistants53980$15.00$31,190$23,220$26,740$30,300$35,180$40,210
Physical Therapist Assistants1420$33.40$69,480$54,530$60,620$71,140$79,910$86,080
Dental Assistants10300$21.33$44,370$29,640$35,330$43,060$53,520$61,860
Medical Assistants19120$17.95$37,330$27,620$31,970$36,690$42,220$49,390

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