Median hourly pay for dental assistants since 2001

The median hourly wage for dental assistants was $21.55 in 2022, a 7.3% increase from 2021, according to the American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute.

The 90th percentile for dental assistants was $28.46, and the 10th percentile was $15.12. 

The ADA collected the data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and used the consumer price index to adjust the wages for inflation.

Here is the inflation-adjusted median hourly wage for dental assistants in the U.S. from 2001 to 2022:

2001: $21.23

2002: $21.31

2003: $21.19

2004: $21.10

2005: $21.26

2006: $21.09

2007: $21.41

2008: $21.16

2009: $21.80

2010: $21.59

2011: $21.36

2012: $21.15

2013: $21.08

2014: $21.04

2015: $21.36

2016: $21.66

2017: $21.60

2018: $21.67

2019: $22.06

2020: $22.39

2021: $20.08

2022: $21.55

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