Average annual pay for dental assistants according to May 2013 wage data was $35,640. This equates to approximately $17.13 per hour. Ten percent of dental assistants made at or below $24,220, but the top 10 percent made at or above $48,350 per year.
Dentists' offices are the largest employment setting for dental assistants. Pay in a dental-office setting averaged $35,660 per year. The highest sector for assistants was the federal executive branch, where average annual pay was $38,840. New Hampshire was the top-paying state for dental assistants at $43,810 per year. Alaska was second at $43,330, followed by Minnesota at $42,900.