Seattle, WA (population: 614,214) has three dental assistant schools within its city limits. Pima Medical Institute, the highest ranked school in the city with a dental assistant program, has a total student population of 776. It is the 2506th highest ranked school in the USA and the 48th highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Dental Assistant students from Seattle schools who go on to become dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental professionals, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 294,020 people working as dental assistants alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $34,000. Also, Dental hygienists make on average $67,860 per year and there are about 173,900 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett Metropolitan area alone, there are 2,130 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $94,810. Dental assistants in this area earn $38,070/yr and there are 4,560 employed.
Seattle lies in King county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett Metropolitan area has 1,404,710 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $25.60/hr average worker wage, and a $53,240 average annual salary. Thus, about 3.246 out of every 1000 jobs in Seattle are held by dental assistants, and 1.514/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 3 dental assistant schools in Seattle, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Pima Medical Institute comes out as the most expensive ($14,292/yr) for dental assistant students, with Seattle Central Community College as the lowest, reported at only $7,598/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Seattle|
|Federal Way||WA||84,659||2||22.1387||18||21.4 miles|
|South Hill||WA||63,243||0||-||0||33.4 miles|