Occupational Employment Statistics


31-9091 Dental Assistants

Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 48073$20.90/hr$16.94/hr$18.46/hr$21.17/hr$23.77/hr$25.36/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services5,610$24.46/hr
Public Administration110$24.32/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Central Minnesota 80$22.60/hr11.6%
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 100$22.05/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 100$22.75/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 150$22.63/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 160$20.34/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 260$22.17/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 270$22.17/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 270$23.20/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 290$21.97/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 300$22.79/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 320$22.16/hr-4.0%
Rochester MN MSA 340$25.81/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 380$22.79/hr-1.8%
Northwest Balance of State 410$20.25/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 480$21.17/hr1.9%
Southeast Minnesota 570$24.27/hr11.2%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 3,440$25.94/hr9.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 3,670$25.63/hrN/A
Minnesota 5,730$24.42/hr8.3%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other 1,140$26.30/hr14.9%
Dental Hygienists 5,160$36.07/hr8.2%
Surgical Technologists 2,340$28.63/hr10.5%

  • Prepare patient, sterilize or disinfect instruments, set up instrument trays, prepare materials, or assist dentist during dental procedures.
  • Record treatment information in patient records.
  • Expose dental diagnostic x-rays.
  • Take and record medical and dental histories and vital signs of patients.
  • Make preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations for mounting study casts.
  • Provide postoperative instructions prescribed by dentist.
  • Instruct patients in oral hygiene and plaque control programs.
  • Pour, trim, and polish study casts.
  • Make preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations for mounting study casts.
  • Clean and polish removable appliances.