How Much Can Dental Assistants Earn in Washington?
Both Washington and its biggest city, Seattle, are growing. In fact, the population of Seattle is growing faster than almost any other city in the U.S. This boom means that job growth is also strong, including an increasing demand throughout the state for qualified dental assistants.
Job growth for dental assistants is nearly 19 percent in Washington. This is faster than average job growth and is expected to result in more than 1,500 open positions every year through 2026 at least.
Dental assistants can not only expect to find steady work in the state, but to earn a good living. The average annual salary in Washington is more than $4,000 higher than the national average. The top earners in the state can make $60,000 per year and more.
|AreaName||Base Year||Employed||Projection Year||Projected Employment||Change||% Change||Projected Average Annual Job Openings|
|State||Total Employed||Hourly Mean||Hourly Mean||Annual Mean||10th Percentile||25th Percentile||Annual Median||75th Percentile|
The metro areas with the highest employment numbers for dental assistants are Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue and the Vancouver area that also includes Portland, Oregon. These are also the areas with the highest salary potential, while those dental assistants working in Yakima and the Lewiston, Idaho metro area earn the least.
|Area||Total Employed||Hourly Mean||Annual Mean||10th Percentile||25th Percentile||Annual Median||75th Percentile||90th Percentile|
|Burlington-South Burlington, VT||**||$22.23||$46,240||$32,430||$41,510||$47,130||$52,750||$59,850|
Dental assistant salaries in Washington are favorable compared to similar careers. They earn more than nursing and medical assistants as well as pharmacy technicians. They earn less than physical therapist assistants.
|Occupation||Total Employed||Hourly Mean||Annual Mean||10th Percentile||25th Percentile||Annual Median||75th Percentile||90th Percentile|
|Physical Therapist Assistants||150||$28.01||$58,260||$45,930||$52,030||$58,380||$64,420||$71,560|