Women comprise the majority of Dental Hygienists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $32.95 per hour on average. Overall cash earnings of Dental Hygienists stretch from $47K to $88K; the final number can encompass up to $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing, with some enjoying commissions of almost $24K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the company and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Just under one in three enjoy medical while about two in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around an eighth. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction.

$34,373 - $74,768
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MEDIAN: $53,669
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$24.67 - $42.59
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$34,373 - $74,768  
   
Bonus
$294.09 - $5,056  
Profit Sharing
$725 - $5,027  
Commission
$513 - $24,179  
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$46,725 - $87,628  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,179
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$24.67 - $42.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.63  
Overtime
$17.06 - $64.84  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$294.09 - $5,056  
   
Commission
$513 - $24,179  
Profit Sharing
$725 - $5,027  
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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$46,725 - $87,628  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5,547

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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.

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Dental Hygienist Tasks

  • Teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene.
  • Remove soft and hard deposits from teeth.
  • Record the presence of diseases or abnormalities.
  • Examine patients teeth and gums.

Common Career Paths for Dental Hygienist


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Many Dental Hygienists move into a Pedodontic Dental Hygienist role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Pedodontic Dental Hygienists on average bring in a similar salary to Dental Hygienists. Dental Hygienists most frequently become Office Managers of Dental Offices and Registered Nurses even though median compensation is $26K lower and $11K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Hygienist


Heartland Dental Care, Aspen Dental, DentalWorks, Dental Group Ltd, and Heartland Dental Corporation are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Dental Hygienists. For Dental Hygienists, comfortable salaries can be found at Pacific Dental Services Incorporated; in fact, median earnings sit around $82K, the highest in the area. Gentle Family Dentistry, Dr. B, and Dr. Jones are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Dental Hygienists earning around $75K, $73K, or $71K at each firm, respectively.

Midwest Dental, Aspen Dental, and Park Dental also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $56K, $57K, and $62K.

Popular Skills for Dental Hygienist


Dental Hygienists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in dental hygienist, Pedodontics, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, and prophylaxis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 7 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Bilingual, Orthodontics, and Oral / Verbal Communication. Most people familiar with Patient Education also know Periodontics.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Hygienist

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


For Dental Hygienists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $63K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $69K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Dental Hygienists make a median salary of $71K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $73K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,944

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Dental Hygienists will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 37 percent. Dental Hygienists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+19 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Austin (+14 percent), and Denver (+14 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 20 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Miami and Charlotte (12 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Dental Hygienist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Dental Hygienist?

Dental Hygienist in Orlando:
Pros: The staff, I absolutely love my co workers. My patients are wonderful, I love seeing them every 3-6 months.
Cons: How cheap my boss can be, he doesn't ever want to spend money on equipment for the office. The commute to work is horrendous. And the stress level is so high because it is a very fast paced office.

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Key Stats for Dental Hygienist

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 630 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Dental Hygienist Salaries




National Average
$67,000


Skills That Affect Dental Hygienist Salaries


Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 6%

Pedodontics
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prophylaxis
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dental hygiene
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National Average
$67,000

Local Anesthesia
up arrow 2%

Cleaning
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Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 3%

Orthodontics
up arrow 7%

Bilingual
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 630 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 31%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 47%
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