The number of jobs for registered dental assistants is on the rise following growing demand for the position in dental care centers. On average, a registered dental assistant earns in the range of $30,000 to $35,000 yearly. They are also entitled to bonuses and perks. The income may vary greatly depending on a host of factors such as job location, experience and size of the company. A dental assistant usually handles multiple responsibilities in a dental health care center that include taking x-rays, preparing materials for various dental processes and helping dentists perform different dental procedures, including surgery. Mississippi ($43,000), Virgin Islands ($42,000), New York, Wyoming ($41,000 each), West Virginia ($40,000), Massachusetts ($39,000 and Illinois ($37,000) are the states that offer a higher pay to dental assistants in the US.