How Much Do Dental Assistants Make in New York State?

New York is mostly famous for the largest city in the U.S. But residents in the city and throughout the fourth most populous state need good dental care. This is why New York is seeing increasing demand for good dental assistants.

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The growth in dental assistant jobs across the U.S. is near 20 percent, much higher than average job growth. In New York, the growth is even stronger at almost 23 percent and with more than 3,000 open positions available each year for qualified candidates.

The average annual salary for a dental assistant in New York is not far off the national average, less than $1,000 lower. There is a potential to earn more than the average with experience and different employers. Some dental assistants in New York make more than $56,000 annually.

AreaNameBase YearEmployedProjection YearProjected EmploymentChange% ChangeProjected Average Annual Job Openings
United States2018346,0002026384,70038,70019.5%44,800
New York201621,750202626,7004,95022.8%3,120
StateTotal EmployedHourly MeanHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile
New York19,520$19.56$40,680$27,610$32,380$39,510$48,280$56,580

By metro area, New York-Newark-Jersey City by far has the most dental assistants with more than 20,000. This region also has some of the highest salaries in the state, but the top average is $$43,170 in Kingston, New York.

AreaTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY720$20.65$42,950$33,770$38,450$43,860$48,400$51,670
Binghamton, NY240$16.59$34,510$26,090$28,780$34,350$40,020$44,960
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY990$18.20$37,860$27,620$32,090$37,450$44,130$49,590
Elmira, NY40$19.60$40,770$33,500$35,910$39,710$45,410$53,170
Glens Falls, NY100$18.05$37,540$29,710$33,150$37,000$41,070$46,990
Ithaca, NY80$19.20$39,940$28,850$34,180$38,680$44,690$55,900
Kingston, NY140$20.75$43,170$31,540$35,560$41,930$51,460$58,040
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA21780$20.47$42,580$28,050$33,180$41,350$51,020$60,520
Rochester, NY1180$19.05$39,630$23,120$32,590$38,230$48,110$56,490
Syracuse, NY740$17.36$36,100$28,990$32,830$36,180$39,710$44,120
Utica-Rome, NY220$19.37$40,300$27,750$32,050$38,810$48,800$56,940
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY120$17.77$36,960$29,780$32,680$36,740$40,920$47,250

New York dental assistant salaries stand up well to those of similar careers in the state, coming in second only to physical therapist assistants. Dental assistants earn more than medical assistants, nursing assistants and pharmacy technicians.

OccupationTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Pharmacy Technicians20360$17.21$35,790$24,860$27,760$33,550$41,930$50,530
Nursing Assistants85090$18.66$38,810$26,980$31,370$38,580$46,000$51,030
Physical Therapist Assistants5410$26.43$54,970$29,930$43,010$55,980$66,800$78,040
Dental Assistants19520$19.56$40,680$27,610$32,380$39,510$48,280$56,580
Medical Assistants27730$18.56$38,590$28,530$32,790$37,450$44,010$50,930