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 45026$21.35/hr$17.44/hr$19.23/hr$21.32/hr$23.78/hr$25.61/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business Services20$25.78/hr
Education and Health Services5,620$25.36/hr
Public Administration100$24.24/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 80$22.51/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 90$22.78/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 110$23.00/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 170$20.42/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 220$23.94/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 270$22.68/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 280$23.27/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 290$23.34/hr-4.0%
Southwest Minnesota 300$23.01/hr-1.8%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 300$22.73/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 300$23.93/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 360$26.77/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 420$20.97/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 450$21.32/hr1.9%
Central Minnesota 460$23.34/hr11.6%
Southeast Minnesota 620$25.10/hr11.2%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 3,570$26.62/hr9.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 3,760$26.39/hrN/A
Minnesota 5,740$25.33/hr8.3%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Surgical Technologists 2,460$29.09/hr10.5%
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 3,000$18.22/hr22.3%
Physical Therapist Aides 280$18.66/hr16.3%

  • 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.