Dental Assistant Salaries in West Virginia

West Virginia is one of the smaller states and has a population of just over 1.77 million people. There are no large urban areas in this state, but many of those who live in West Virginia are growing older and becoming more proactive about their dental habits and their overall health. This means there are opportunities for dental assistants and other trained healthcare professionals across the state.

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Employment opportunities for dental assistants in West Virginia are expected to grow approximately 13.8 percent between 2016 and 2026. Currently there’s an average of 160 annual openings for dental assistants in this state.

In West Virginia, the overall cost of living is lower than average in the United States. Because of this lower cost of living, the average annual salary paid to dental assistants in this state is lower than the national average across the country.

AreaNameBase YearEmployedProjection YearProjected EmploymentChange% ChangeProjected Average Annual Job Openings
United States2018346,0002026384,70038,70019.5%44,800
West Virginia20161,23020261,40017013.8%160
StateTotal EmployedHourly MeanHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile
West Virginia1,220$15.73$32,710$21,300$26,480$32,080$38,390$45,220

West Virginia primarily consists of rural areas. The largest number of career opportunities for dental assistants are in Huntington, Charleston and Martinsburg. The highest paid opportunities tend to be in Martinsburg and Morgantown.

AreaTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Beckley, WV100$14.49$30,140$19,830$21,410$29,330$34,770$39,930
Charleston, WV200$14.87$30,930$20,810$25,400$30,500$36,370$42,240
Cumberland, MD-WV80$19.20$39,940$27,800$34,780$41,060$46,500$50,190
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV180$19.38$40,320$29,570$34,250$40,900$47,090$51,180
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH280$15.92$33,110$22,140$26,430$32,530$38,800$47,120
Morgantown, WV70$17.41$36,210$26,140$30,780$35,990$42,000$48,610
Parkersburg-Vienna, WV80$15.91$33,090$21,300$27,190$31,260$36,860$51,440
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV6050$23.01$47,860$28,990$36,740$46,100$56,500$70,490
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH60$15.89$33,050$21,180$26,330$31,950$39,710$47,050
Wheeling, WV-OH100$16.01$33,310$20,980$27,230$35,070$39,060$42,230
Winchester, VA-WV140$19.75$41,080$27,680$33,150$40,700$49,060$56,560

Dental assistants in West Virginia typically earn more than healthcare workers in similar fields such as medical assistants, pharmacy technicians and nursing assistants. Jobs for physical therapist assistants pay more than those for dental assistants.

OccupationTotal EmployedHourly MeanAnnual Mean10th Percentile25th PercentileAnnual Median75th Percentile90th Percentile
Pharmacy Technicians3270$14.61$30,380$22,140$25,390$29,200$35,110$40,370
Nursing Assistants7830$12.93$26,900$20,840$22,560$25,490$29,870$35,590
Physical Therapist Assistants760$25.68$53,410$39,520$45,050$52,700$61,450$70,920
Dental Assistants1220$15.73$32,710$21,300$26,480$32,080$38,390$45,220
Medical Assistants3280$13.80$28,710$21,790$24,790$28,250$31,780$37,190