Dental Hygienist Salary (United States)

A Dental Hygienist earns an average wage of $32.11 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. The highest paying skills associated with this job are restorative, periodontal therapy, Cleaning, and scaling and root planing.
Dental Hygienist Total Pay (?
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$29,979 - $73,980
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $50,787
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Dental Hygienist Total Pay (?
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$23.58 - $41.95
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MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$29,979 - $73,980  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,086  
Profit Sharing
$479.71 - $5,887  
Commission
$572 - $14,544  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$42,920 - $86,829  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,616
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$23.58 - $41.95  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $6.25  
Overtime
$0.00 - $60.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,086  
   
Commission
$572 - $14,544  
Profit Sharing
$479.71 - $5,887  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$42,920 - $86,829  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,616
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Job Description for Dental Hygienist
A Dental Hygienist’s responsibility is to help prevent dental related diseases in their patients. Dental Hygienists will usually work with a certified dentist to meet the oral health concerns of patients. Some basic job responsibilities and tasks include, giving patients routine cleanings in order to remove plaque and other caustic substances from all surfaces of the teeth, testing patients’ teeth for cavities and other abnormalities, assessment of the patient’s health history, applying anesthesia to patients going through surgery, applying different treatments such as fluoride in order to prevent future cavities and diseases, taking and developing dental X-rays in order to assess current and future dental problems, and assisting dentists with their work. It is also the responsibility of a Dental Hygienist to talk to their patients about proper dental care and promote good nutrition habits in order to prevent further dental health problems. Along with these hands on activities, Dental Hygienists also perform general documentation procedures and office management involving their patient’s documented information.
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Dental Hygienist Tasks
  • Record the presence of diseases or abnormalities.
  • Examine patients teeth and gums.
  • Teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene.
  • Remove soft and hard deposits from teeth.
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Experience Affects Dental Hygienist Salaries

National Average
$65,000

Skills That Affect Dental Hygienist Salaries

restorative
up arrow 22%
periodontal therapy
up arrow 15%
Cleaning
up arrow 13%
scaling and root planing
up arrow 10%
Pedodontics
up arrow 10%
Patient Education
up arrow 3%
Radiology
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Pediatrics
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National Average
$65,000
Scaling
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Spanish Language
up arrow 7%
Orthodontics
up arrow 10%
Dental assistant
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Gender
Female
96%
female alumni
 
Male
4%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
22%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 36% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 41%
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