Dental Assistant Salary

Becoming a dental assistant is a process that takes patience and determination. However, finishing dental assisting school at First Institute also has many rewarding factors. One of these benefits is of course, finding a job and making a good salary. Career Services at First Institute works with students on the job search to find the right fit for YOU, including trying to find positions that ensure you will be paid sufficiently for your work.

According to the job posting salaries on, the average dental assistant salary in Illinois is about $61,000, which has been on an upward trend since September 2012. It is also about 12% higher than the average dental assistant job posting salaries across the nation. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the dental assisting profession is expected to continue to grow by 25% through 2022. This is much faster than average, indicating increased job opportunities for graduates of a dental assistant program.

Your dental assistant hours will greatly depend on the hours of operation of the office or clinic in which you are working. Some offices will be open “normal” business hours from 9am to 5pm and yet others will see patients in the evenings and maybe even on the weekends, so it is important to be aware of these schedules when looking for a job. Each office will vary and while many dental assistants work full time, there are also many part time opportunities available to help you find a work schedule that is convenient when trying to balance your time spent with family and friends and work.

First Institute’s dental assistant program is a great place to start your career training!