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Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

31-9091 Dental Assistants



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

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Southeast Minnesota 45039$27.06/hr$24.37/hr$24.90/hr$25.55/hr$30.87/hr$32.22/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services5,180$26.45/hr
Public Administration110$27.88/hr
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State 90$24.94/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 100$24.94/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 190$24.07/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 230$25.86/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 240$24.63/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 240$25.09/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 260$25.33/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 260$24.96/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 280$24.77/hr6.2%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 290$24.96/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 310$25.21/hr7.7%
Southeast Minnesota 450$25.55/hr7.1%
Northwest Balance of State 510$25.30/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 570$25.30/hr7.1%
Central Minnesota 580$25.34/hr6.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 3,140$31.84/hr7.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 3,460$31.78/hrN/A
Minnesota 5,330$26.45/hr7.2%


Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Dental Hygienists 4,920$39.60/hr7.3%
Radiologic Technologists and Technicians 4,300$36.52/hr7.1%
Surgical Technologists 2,370$30.93/hr6.4%


  • 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.
  • Clean teeth, using dental instruments.
  • 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.