Employment and Earnings
hold about 318,800 jobs in the United States. Almost all dental assistants
work in dentistsí offices. Dental assistants work under the supervision of
dentists and work closely with dental hygienists in their day-to-day
wear safety glasses, surgical masks, protective clothing, and gloves to
protect themselves and patients from infectious diseases. They also must
follow safety procedures to minimize risks associated with x-ray machines.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, median
annual wage for dental assistants was $36,940 in May 2016. The median wage
is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than
that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than
$25,460, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $52,000.
Most dental assistants work full time. However, nearly 1 in
3 assistants worked part time in 2014. Some may work evenings or weekends.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US
Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor