What They Do:

Dental Assistants perform many tasks, ranging from providing patient care and taking x rays to recordkeeping and scheduling appointments. Their duties vary by state and by the dentists’ offices where they work.


Where They Work:

Almost all work in dentists’ offices.


What They Make:

The 2019 median pay was $40,080 per year.


Career Outlook:

Employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.



Updated February 2021