How dental assistant pay has changed in the last 5 years

The annual salary for dental assistants has steadily increased over the last five years, with an 11.7 percent increase between 2016 and 2020, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Here is the annual dentist salary from 2016-20, the most recent year data was available: 

2020: $42,310

2019: $41,170

2018: $39,770

2017: $38,690

2016: $37,890

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