Dental Hygienist Salary

Women account for the majority of Dental Hygienists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $32.57 per hour. Total cash incomes of Dental Hygienists run from $46K to $87K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K, profit sharing that reaches $6K, and some commissions of nearly $20K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to about a third, and just over two-fifths earn dental coverage.

$31,069 - $73,315
(Median)
$31K
$52K
$73K
MEDIAN: $51,916
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$24.37 - $42.11
(Median)
$24
$33
$42
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$31,069 - $73,315  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,025  
Profit Sharing
$487.96 - $5,694  
Commission
$500 - $20,482  
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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$46,064 - $86,946  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,380
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$24.37 - $42.11  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10  
Overtime
$0.00 - $60.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,025  
   
Commission
$500 - $20,482  
Profit Sharing
$487.96 - $5,694  
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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$46,064 - $86,946  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6,967
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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

  • 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 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 advance into roles as Office Managers of Dental Offices or Registered Nurses, but the median salaries are $25K lower and $11K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Hygienist


Family Dental, Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, DDS Inc., and Pacific Dental Services Incorporated are among the top companies that take on many Dental Hygienists. Dental Hygienists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at DDS Inc., where the median salary comes to $80K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($50K) and those starting out ($115K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Dental Hygienists will also find cushy salaries at Pacific Dental Services Incorporated (+$77K), Gentle Family Dentistry (+$75K), and Gentle Dental (+$75K).

Aspen Dental, Dental Group Ltd and Advanced Dentistry are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $58K, $60K, and $65K.

Popular Skills for Dental Hygienist


Dental Hygienists seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with restorative, Cleaning, and prophylaxis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 9 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Bilingual, Orthodontics, and Local Anesthesia. Most people experienced in 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 many Dental Hygienists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $62K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $68K. Dental Hygienists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $70K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $72K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,046

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Dental Hygienists that is 38 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Dental Hygienists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+23 percent), Denver (+16 percent), Austin (+15 percent), and New York (+14 percent). In Jacksonville, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

Dental Hygienist Reviews

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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Experience Affects Dental Hygienist Salaries




National Average
$66,000


Skills That Affect Dental Hygienist Salaries

restorative
up arrow 26%

Cleaning
up arrow 9%

prophylaxis
up arrow 7%

dental hygienist
up arrow 5%

Periodontics
up arrow 3%

Anesthesia
up arrow 3%

dental hygiene
up arrow 3%

nitrous oxide
up arrow 3%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 3%

Patient Education
up arrow 1%

Radiology
up arrow 1%

Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

National Average
$66,000

Local Anesthesia
up arrow 4%

Orthodontics
up arrow 8%

Bilingual
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1120 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

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