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States with dental assistant schools

How will your dental assistant education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the dental assistant education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. The US has 646 brick and mortar dental assistant schools.

Top Schools

The top schools in the nation in 2010 that had dental assistant programs were:

  1. New York University - located in New York, New York
  2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  3. Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis - located in Indianapolis, Indiana

Student Demographics

In 2010, certificates in dental assisting were earned by 22,702 students in the US. Of these students, 21,142 graduated from certificate programs in dental assisting and 1,560 graduated from undergraduate programs in dental assisting.


Students can pursue education in dental assisting at the following levels:

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

Dental assistant students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying dental assisting:

  • Dexterity
  • Written and Verbal Communication
  • Emergency Management
  • Dental Office Management
  • Dental Radiology


Students at dental assistant schools around the nation paid an average of $10,357 in tuition fees per year in 2010. The dental assistant schools that charged students the highest tuition rates were:

  1. New York University - located in New York, New York, students paid $38,765
  2. Computer Career Center a division of Vista College - located in El Paso, Texas, students paid $18,563
  3. Everest College-Reseda - located in Reseda, California, students paid $0

The dental assistant schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. Monongalia County Technical Education Center - located in Morgantown, West Virginia, students paid $1,050
  2. University of Alaska Anchorage - located in Anchorage, Alaska, students paid $4,910
  3. Lake Area Technical Institute - located in Watertown, South Dakota, students paid $4,982

How will your dental assistant job compare?

Dental assistant is the profession of choice for a large number of dental assistant graduates. According to the government, in 2010 the US had 294,030 dental assistants. The states with the largest populations of dental assistants are:

  1. California - 44,410 Dental Assistants
  2. Texas - 20,800 Dental Assistants
  3. New York - 16,730 Dental Assistants

Projected Growth

The number of dental assistants is expected to grow the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 54%
  2. North Carolina - 41%
  3. New Hampshire - 37%


In the US, a dental assistant earns on average $32,402 per year. However, factors such as your boss, your exact job description, or your exact job description can cause the salary for a dental assistant to vary greatly. Salaries for dental assistants range from less than $15,790 per year to more than $62,420 per year. Dental assistants in the following states make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Washington DC - $47,630 per year
  2. Alaska - $42,020 per year
  3. New Hampshire - $41,640 per year

On average, a dental assistant earns the least in the following states:

  1. West Virginia - $25,500 per year
  2. Mississippi - $27,380 per year
  3. Arkansas - $27,700 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying
dental assisting?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Dental Assistants 294,030 $34,140 8.6%
Dental Laboratory Technicians 38,360 $37,980 -15.9%