The larger portion of Dental Hygienists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $32.85 per hour. Overall cash earnings of Dental Hygienists stretch from $47K near the bottom to $87K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the company and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Nearly one-third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and roughly two-fifths collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Dental Hygienists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$34,221 - $74,612
(Median)
$34K
$54K
$75K
MEDIAN: $54,175
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$24.65 - $42.45
(Median)
$25
$33
$42
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$34,221 - $74,612  
   
Bonus
$293.38 - $5,019  
Profit Sharing
$604 - $4,933  
Commission
$511 - $24,114  
Total Pay (?
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$46,775 - $87,356  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,153
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$24.65 - $42.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.62  
Overtime
$17.82 - $62.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$293.38 - $5,019  
   
Commission
$511 - $24,114  
Profit Sharing
$604 - $4,933  
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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$46,775 - $87,356  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,486
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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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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. Many Dental Hygienists go on to become Office Managers of Dental Offices or Registered Nurses despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $26K lower and $11K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Hygienist


Heartland Dental Care, Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Corporation, DDS Inc., and DentalWorks are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Dental Hygienists. Dental Hygienists flock to Pacific Dental Services Incorporated for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $79K lead the pack in compensation. Soaring salaries can also be found at Gentle Family Dentistry, Dr. B, and Dr. Jones, where earnings of $75K, $73K, or $71K are standard for Dental Hygienists.

Employees at Aspen Dental, Advanced Dentistry, and Dental Group Ltd can also expect below-average earnings of $58K, $63K, and $63K.

Popular Skills for Dental Hygienist


Survey results imply that Dental Hygienists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in dental hygienist, Pedodontics, Anesthesia, and Periodontics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include cleaning teeth and Bilingual. Most people experienced in 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.


Dental Hygienists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $63K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $69K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Dental Hygienists see a median salary of $70K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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

National Average: $66,811

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

For Dental Hygienists, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Dental Hygienists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+20 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Austin (+14 percent), and Denver (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Miami, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Jacksonville (7 percent less) and Orlando (4 percent less).

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
$67,000


Skills That Affect Dental Hygienist Salaries


Pedodontics
up arrow 7%

Periodontics
up arrow 4%

Anesthesia
up arrow 4%

prophylaxis
up arrow 3%

Patient Education
up arrow 2%

Radiology
up arrow 2%

Pediatrics
up arrow 2%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 1%

Local Anesthesia
0%

National Average
$67,000

Cleaning
up arrow 1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Orthodontics
up arrow 2%

Bilingual
up arrow 7%

cleaning teeth
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 610 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 32%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
medical benefits
Vision: 12%
dental benefits
None: 47%
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