Dental Hygienist Salary

The larger portion of Dental Hygienists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $32.57 per hour. In the world of Dental Hygienists, total cash compensation ranges from $46K on the lower end to $87K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $3K and profit sharing that approaches $6K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $20K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the specific employer and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Approximately one in three enjoy medical while just over two-fifths get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one in ten. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Dental Hygienists. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$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 (?
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.
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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 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. 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


Many Dental Hygienists can be found at Family Dental, Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, DDS Inc., and Pacific Dental Services Incorporated, firms that are at the top of the field. Employees of DDS Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $80K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $50K to $115K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Pacific Dental Services Incorporated at $77K, Gentle Family Dentistry at $75K, and Gentle Dental, where Dental Hygienists annually earn $75K.

Aspen Dental, Dental Group Ltd, and Advanced Dentistry are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($58K, $60K, and $65K respectively).

Popular Skills for Dental Hygienist


Dental Hygienists report using 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. The majority of those who know 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $62K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $68K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Dental Hygienists make a median salary of $70K. 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

National Average: $66,046

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

For Dental Hygienists, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. 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). The lowest-paying market is Jacksonville, which sits 8 percent below the national average.

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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