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12.5% Jobs Projection
$41,950 Median Salary
1,400 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Dental Assistants in New Jersey are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Dental Assistants in New Jersey is growing faster than average.

  • Dental Assistants in New Jersey earn lower salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Dental Assistants Work in New Jersey?

In 2018, there were 11,010 Dental Assistants working in the state.

There were 10,770 Dental Assistants employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 240 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Dental Assistants in NJ Employment Trend

The typical state has 4,550 Dental Assistants working in it, which means New Jersey has more Dental Assistants than average.

Dental Assistants in NJ vs. the Average State

Job Projections for New Jersey

Jobs for Dental Assistants in this state are growing at a rate of 12.5% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 19.5%.

Job Projections for Dental Assistants: Nation vs. NJ

New Jersey Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 1,400 annual job openings, and 12,330 total jobs in 2026 for Dental Assistants in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 45,900 annual jobs and 396,600 total jobs in 2026.

What do Dental Assistants Make in New Jersey?

In 2018 wages for Dental Assistants ranged from $29,060 to $60,760 with $41,950 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $13.97 to $29.21. The median hourly rate was $20.17.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $20.39 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate declined by $0.22.

The median salary in New Jersey is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Dental Assistants Earnings: NJ vs. National Average

Top New Jersey Metros for Dental Assistants

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Dental Assistants.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 21,590 $39,510
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 6,210 $42,230
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 780 $39,350
Trenton, NJ 720 $36,940
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 240 $45,370
Ocean City, NJ 70 $45,150

Top States for Dental Assistants Employment

The table below shows the states where most Dental Assistants work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 53,110 $38,740
Texas 30,290 $35,930
Florida 19,180 $38,790
New York 19,110 $38,170
Illinois 12,820 $39,790
Pennsylvania 11,130 $37,960
New Jersey 11,010 $41,950
Ohio 10,590 $36,960
Washington 10,510 $42,260
Michigan 9,960 $36,660
North Carolina 9,420 $41,660
Georgia 8,590 $36,760
Virginia 8,520 $43,520
Massachusetts 8,110 $45,760
Colorado 7,910 $40,170
Arizona 6,850 $41,690
Indiana 6,090 $39,590
Tennessee 6,070 $37,250
Wisconsin 6,060 $38,150
Maryland 6,020 $41,180

Below are the states where Dental Assistants get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Minnesota $49,220
New Hampshire $47,900
District of Columbia $46,630
Alaska $46,100
Massachusetts $45,760
North Dakota $44,320
Connecticut $44,080
Vermont $44,020
Oregon $43,990
Rhode Island $43,890

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Occupation NJ Employment Total
Healthcare Support Workers 6,080
Phlebotomists 4,890
Medical Equipment Preparers 2,810


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