Dental Hygienist Salary

Women account for the majority of Dental Hygienists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $32.49 per hour. The range in cash compensation to Dental Hygienists (largely between $46K and $87K) includes potential earnings of $3K from bonuses, $6K from profit sharing, and commissions of $19K in exceptional cases. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by geography and years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to about a third, and just over two-fifths earn dental coverage. The majority of Dental Hygienists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,510 - $72,799

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$24.31 - $42.13

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$30,510 - $72,799  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,930  
Profit Sharing
$354.79 - $5,827  
Commission
$507 - $19,392  
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).
)
$45,587 - $86,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,099
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$24.31 - $42.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.67  
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.10  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,930  
   
Commission
$507 - $19,392  
Profit Sharing
$354.79 - $5,827  
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).
)
$45,587 - $86,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,621
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Job Description for Dental Hygienist

Dental hуgіеnіsts perform a number of duties within a dental office. They are responsible for cleaning teeth, looking for signs of oral disease in patients, and providing education and preventative care. Specific tasks performed by dental hygienists include сlеаning stаіns and plaque buildup on teeth, сlеаning undеr аnd аrоund the gums, sеаrсhing fоr іndісаtоrs оf оrаl disease such as swеllіng, and applying dental prophylaxis, sealants, and topical fluorides as required. They also educate patients on oral care and hygiene such as on flossing, brushing and diet. Additionally, dental hygienists help dentists and other professionals in their office in tasks such as taking radiographs, assisting during dental procedures and making impressions of teeth. Some dental hygienists work for orthodontists and provide care specific to orthodontic patients and procedures.

Read More...

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.

Common Career Paths for Dental Hygienist


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


Dental Hygienists who go on to become Pedodontic Dental Hygienists may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Pedodontic Dental Hygienist, an upper-level role, pays $71K. Many Dental Hygienists choose to become Office Manager of a Dental Offices and Registered Nurses as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $25K less and $11K less, respectively.

Dental Hygienist Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Hygienist


Family Dental, Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, DDS Inc., and Dr. Jones are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Dental Hygienists. DDS Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $91K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $59K to a high of $115K. Pacific Dental Services Incorporated, Gentle Family Dentistry, and Gentle Dental also offer top salaries for Dental Hygienists. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $76K, $75K, and $75K, respectively.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Aspen Dental ($58K), Heartland Dental Care ($67K), and Family Dental Care ($69K).

Popular Skills for Dental Hygienist


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with restorative, periodontal therapy, and Cleaning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 13 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Bilingual, Orthodontics, and Scaling. It is often found that people who know Patient Education are also skilled in Radiology.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Hygienist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $61K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $68K. Dental Hygienists bring in $69K after working for 10 to 20 years. Dental Hygienists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $72K.

Pay Difference by Location


Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Dental Hygienists, 39 percent above the national average. Dental Hygienists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+17 percent), Denver (+16 percent), Portland (+14 percent), and New York (+12 percent). Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Jacksonville.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Dental Hygienist Salaries




National Average
$66,000


Skills That Affect Dental Hygienist Salaries

restorative
up arrow 21%

periodontal therapy
up arrow 13%

dental hygienist
up arrow 9%

Cleaning
up arrow 9%

Pedodontics
up arrow 8%

Periodontics
up arrow 4%

Anesthesia
up arrow 4%

nitrous oxide
up arrow 4%

Patient Education
up arrow 2%

Radiology
up arrow 2%

Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

National Average
$66,000

Local Anesthesia
up arrow 2%

Scaling
up arrow 5%

Orthodontics
up arrow 7%

Bilingual
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 960 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 34% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 44%
ADVERTISEMENT