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Dental Hygienist Salary

Dental Hygienists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $32.50 per hour for pay. Total cash incomes of Dental Hygienists run from $45K to $87K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K, profit sharing that reaches $6K, and some commissions of nearly $20K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but the particular city and experience level are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to more than a third, and more than two-fifths earn dental coverage. The majority of Dental Hygienists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$30,421 - $73,071
(Median)
$30K
$51K
$73K
MEDIAN: $51,243
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50%
90%

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$24.26 - $42.16
(Median)
$24
$32
$42
MEDIAN: $32.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$30,421 - $73,071  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,588  
Profit Sharing
$487.96 - $5,842  
Commission
$559 - $19,627  
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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$45,387 - $87,058  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,002
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$24.26 - $42.16  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $6.25  
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.19  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,588  
   
Commission
$559 - $19,627  
Profit Sharing
$487.96 - $5,842  
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).
)
$45,387 - $87,058  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,192
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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.

Common Career Paths for Dental Hygienist


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Dental Hygienists who transition into an upper level Pedodontic Dental Hygienist position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Pedodontic Dental Hygienist makes $71K a year. Dental Hygienists most frequently become Office Managers of Dental Offices and Registered Nurses even though median compensation is $25K lower and $11K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Hygienist


Dental Hygienists flock to Family Dental, Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, DDS Inc., and Dr. Jones, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. DDS Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $93K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $59K to a high of $117K. Dental Hygienists will also find cushy salaries at Pacific Dental Services Incorporated (+$76K), Gentle Family Dentistry (+$75K), and Dr. B (+$71K).

Dental Hygienists will find the worst pay at Aspen Dental, where the median salary crawls in at $58K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $72K, leaving little room for growth. Employees at Heartland Dental Care, Family Dental Care, and Family Dental can also expect below-average earnings of $67K, $69K, and $69K.

Popular Skills for Dental Hygienist


Dental Hygienists seem to require a rather large skill set. Lucky workers who know restorative can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Periodontal Therapy and dental hygienist are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 13 percent and 21 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Spanish Language, Orthodontics, and Scaling. Most people familiar with Patient Education also know Radiology.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Hygienist

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


For Dental Hygienists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $61K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $67K. For Dental Hygienists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $69K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $72K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Dental Hygienists in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Dental Hygienists will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+17 percent), Denver (+16 percent), Portland (+15 percent), and New York (+13 percent). Tampa ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 3 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Dental Hygienist Salaries




National Average
$66,000


Skills That Affect Dental Hygienist Salaries

restorative
up arrow 21%

dental hygienist
up arrow 13%

periodontal therapy
up arrow 13%

Local Anesthesia
up arrow 9%

Pedodontics
up arrow 8%

Cleaning
up arrow 7%

Periodontics
up arrow 4%

Anesthesia
up arrow 3%

Patient Education
up arrow 2%

Radiology
up arrow 1%

Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

National Average
$66,000

nitrous oxide
up arrow 2%

Scaling
up arrow 5%

Orthodontics
up arrow 6%

Spanish Language
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 945 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
22%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 35% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 43%
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