Dental Assistant in California

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Schools Offering Dental Assisting Programs in California


Each year, approximately 0.5% of California graduates receive certificates in dental assisting. In other words, every year an estimated 4,476 dental assistants graduate from California's 90 dental assistant schools.

Top Schools

American Career College, which was ranked 60th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in California that has a dental assistant program. It is located in Los Angeles. In 2010, American Career College graduated 97 students from its dental assistant program.

American Career College, which is located in Anaheim, is the second-ranked school in California that has a dental assistant program. It received a ranking of 60th in the country in 2010. In 2010, American Career College graduated 82 students from its dental assistant program.

The third-ranked school in California that has a dental assistant program is North-West College-Glendale. North-West College-Glendale, which was ranked 62nd in the country in 2010, is located in Glendale. In 2010, North-West College-Glendale graduated 33 students from its dental assistant programs. Students at North-West College-Glendale paid $0 per year in tuition fees.

Cost

Tuition at California's dental assistant schools ranges from $16,853 per year to $644 per year. But, the average tuition is $2,846 per year. In 2010, the following California dental assistant schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Everest College-Reseda - located in Reseda, students are charged $16,853 per year
  2. Everest College-Gardena - located in Gardena, students are charged $15,660 per year
  3. Everest College-Ontario - located in Ontario, students are charged $15,404 per year

The dental assistant schools that charged the lowest tuition rates in California were:

  1. Sacramento City College - located in Sacramento, students are charged $644 per year
  2. College of the Redwoods - located in Eureka, students are charged $648 per year
  3. Cypress College - located in Cypress, students are charged $656 per year

A dental assistant certificate from a California school... what next?

The highest percentage of dental assistant graduates in California pursue careers as a dental assistant. California had 44,410 dental assistants in 2010. The following counties have the largest number of California dental assistants:

  1. Los Angeles County - 10,710 dental assistants
  2. Orange County - 5,250 dental assistants
  3. Riverside County - 3,970 dental assistants

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of dental assistants is expected to grow by 25% by 2018. There are projected to be 58,200 dental assistants working in the California then.

Salary

On average, dental assistants earn $35,290 per year. But, salaries for dental assistants can vary. In 2010, dental assistants made as little as less than $19,510 per year or as much as more than $60,230 per year in California. The following counties in California have the highest average salaries for dental assistants:

  1. Sonoma County - $44,690 per year
  2. Marin County - $43,640 per year
  3. Alameda County - $42,970 per year

On average, dental assistants earns the least in the following California counties:

  1. Stanislaus County - $29,550 per year
  2. Los Angeles County - $31,200 per year
  3. Kern County - $31,340 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional California statistics regarding a career in dental assisting. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as dental assisting or dental hygiene.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Dental Assisting in California
  • Certificate in Dental Assisting in California

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
7,768 miles from location Moreno Valley College Moreno Valley CA n/a n/a n/a
7,893 miles from location Heald College-Modesto Riverbank CA n/a n/a n/a
7,776 miles from location Riverside Community College Riverside CA 15.8854 n/a 36,586
7,962 miles from location City College of San Francisco San Francisco CA 19.5231 n/a 32,950
7,780 miles from location Palomar College San Marcos CA 16.5038 n/a 27,442
7,893 miles from location Sacramento City College Sacramento CA 14.8295 n/a 27,171
7,813 miles from location Pasadena City College Pasadena CA 17.7379 n/a 26,453
7,957 miles from location Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa CA 19.5812 n/a 25,877
7,811 miles from location Orange Coast College Costa Mesa CA 19.3061 n/a 25,316
7,786 miles from location San Diego Mesa College San Diego CA 15.0493 n/a 23,211
7,936 miles from location Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill CA 17.2076 n/a 21,951
7,817 miles from location Cerritos College Norwalk CA 14.3203 n/a 21,776
7,783 miles from location Chaffey College Alta Loma CA 13.8744 n/a 21,399
7,890 miles from location Modesto Junior College Modesto CA 14.2493 n/a 18,410
7,954 miles from location Foothill College Los Altos CA 21.5152 n/a 18,293
7,814 miles from location Cypress College Cypress CA 15.6296 n/a 15,439
7,833 miles from location Reedley College Reedley CA 15.9728 n/a 15,384
7,800 miles from location Citrus College Glendora CA 12.4755 n/a 12,895
7,945 miles from location San Jose City College San Jose CA 11.6946 n/a 12,364
7,961 miles from location College of San Mateo San Mateo CA 15.1982 n/a 11,310
7,921 miles from location Allan Hancock College Santa Maria CA 16.6722 n/a 11,070
7,961 miles from location Monterey Peninsula College Monterey CA 13.0473 n/a 9,578
7,822 miles from location United Education Institute-Huntington Park Campus Huntington Park CA 29.7483 72% 9,540
7,869 miles from location Oxnard College Oxnard CA 16.1276 n/a 8,642
7,950 miles from location Contra Costa College San Pablo CA 14.0254 n/a 8,316
7,970 miles from location College of the Redwoods Eureka CA 14.2499 n/a 7,634
7,952 miles from location College of Alameda Alameda CA 9.52118 n/a 7,302
7,961 miles from location College of Marin Greenbrae CA 10.9857 n/a 7,066
7,807 miles from location Hacienda La Puente Adult Education La Puente CA 6.80913 n/a 3,852
7,811 miles from location American Career College Anaheim CA 39.5711 100% 1,808
7,824 miles from location American Career College Los Angeles CA 40.4545 100% 1,764
7,947 miles from location Heald College-Hayward Hayward CA 13.8368 n/a 1,660
7,769 miles from location Summit Career College Colton CA 24.5911 n/a 1,603
7,896 miles from location Heald College-Stockton Stockton CA 19.4611 n/a 1,545
7,887 miles from location Carrington College California-Sacramento Sacramento CA 30.7306 77% 1,537
7,784 miles from location Kaplan College-San Diego San Diego CA 26.0632 n/a 1,402
7,933 miles from location Heald College-Concord Concord CA 18.4807 n/a 1,371
7,810 miles from location Everest College-City of Industry La Puente CA 32.6342 98% 1,310
7,826 miles from location Charter College Canyon Country CA 21.1219 n/a 1,269
7,769 miles from location Everest College-San Bernardino San Bernardino CA 32.0476 100% 1,267
7,836 miles from location San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia Visalia CA 23.4766 n/a 1,252
7,782 miles from location Kaplan College-Vista Vista CA 28.6897 n/a 1,235
7,810 miles from location Everest College-Anaheim Anaheim CA 11.9981 100% 1,143
7,785 miles from location American Career College Ontario CA 36.673 100% 1,115
7,834 miles from location Everest College-Reseda Reseda CA 35.592 100% 1,090
7,893 miles from location Kaplan College-Modesto Campus Salida CA 26.4202 n/a 1,051
7,784 miles from location Everest College-Ontario Ontario CA 29.6854 100% 1,038
7,939 miles from location Carrington College California-San Jose San Jose CA 31.6955 72% 1,016
7,827 miles from location Everest College-Gardena Gardena CA 27.4656 100% 962
7,770 miles from location Four-D College Colton CA 24.1494 n/a 956
7,785 miles from location Pima Medical Institute Chula Vista CA 25.1547 n/a 896
7,946 miles from location Carrington College California-San Leandro San Leandro CA 29.9223 73% 893
7,839 miles from location San Joaquin Valley College-Bakersfield Bakersfield CA 21.5469 n/a 877
7,845 miles from location San Joaquin Valley College-Fresno Fresno CA 20.4501 n/a 870
7,769 miles from location Concorde Career College San Bernardino CA 35.0465 100% 860
7,775 miles from location Kaplan College-Riverside Riverside CA 25.6138 n/a 846
7,880 miles from location Carrington College California-Citrus Heights Citrus Heights CA 32.5381 72% 815
7,838 miles from location Kaplan College-Bakersfield Bakersfield CA 27.4852 n/a 774
7,816 miles from location Everest College-Alhambra Alhambra CA 31.0435 100% 737
7,830 miles from location Everest College-West Los Angeles Los Angeles CA 27.9148 87% 729
7,810 miles from location Concorde Career College Garden Grove CA 32.9836 100% 698
7,947 miles from location Everest College-San Jose San Jose CA 34.3281 100% 672
7,784 miles from location Concorde Career Colleges San Diego CA 36.6856 100% 666
7,885 miles from location Kaplan College-Sacramento Campus Sacramento CA 19.6937 n/a 653
7,884 miles from location Anthem College-Sacramento Sacramento CA 26.5612 n/a 652
7,828 miles from location Concorde Career College North Hollywood CA 35.5779 100% 650
7,731 miles from location Kaplan College-Palm Springs Palm Springs CA 25.0295 n/a 643
7,804 miles from location Career Care Institute Lancaster CA 25.2869 n/a 637
7,958 miles from location Everest College-San Francisco San Francisco CA 26.4585 100% 627
7,937 miles from location Carrington College California-Pleasant Hill Pleasant Hill CA 33.2966 77% 615
7,824 miles from location Everest College-LA Wilshire Los Angeles CA 30.8168 100% 608
7,922 miles from location Carrington College California-Antioch Antioch CA 31.8615 80% 586
7,898 miles from location Carrington College California-Stockton Stockton CA 31.1781 64% 566
7,842 miles from location Kaplan College-Fresno Clovis CA 26.3884 n/a 564
7,805 miles from location CIT College of InfoMedical Technology Anaheim CA 31.6397 n/a 529
7,897 miles from location Kaplan College-Stockton Stockton CA 24.9078 n/a 489
7,844 miles from location MCed Career College Fresno CA 31.2439 100% 438
7,775 miles from location Newbridge College-San Diego East El Cajon CA 28.5626 100% 416
7,934 miles from location Mt Diablo Adult Education Concord CA 28.0536 n/a 391
7,881 miles from location San Joaquin Valley College-Rancho Cordova Rancho Cordova CA 19.5685 n/a 356
7,817 miles from location National Polytechnic College Los Angeles CA 31.4089 100% 310
7,926 miles from location Central California School San Luis Obispo CA 22.5286 n/a 285
7,817 miles from location PCI College Cerritos CA 3.05576 n/a 197
7,805 miles from location North-West College-West Covina West Covina CA 34.7522 100% 162
7,848 miles from location Galen College of Medical and Dental Assistants Fresno CA 14.7129 n/a 130
7,820 miles from location North-West College-Glendale Glendale CA 37.9687 100% 126
7,836 miles from location California College of Vocational Careers Bakersfield CA 23.2399 n/a 82
7,794 miles from location North-West College-Pomona Pomona CA 34.1666 100% 78
7,814 miles from location North-West College-Pasadena Pasadena CA 34.1192 100% 56
7,920 miles from location Blake Austin College Vacaville CA 33.0436 100% 51
 

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Dental Assistants + 44,410 $35,290 5.5%
2
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