Dental Hygienist Salary

Women account for the majority of Dental Hygienists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $33.09 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $5K, total cash payment to Dental Hygienists can bottom out at $48K or peak near $88K. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and tenure are driving factors as well. Most Dental Hygienists report high levels of job satisfaction. One in three enjoy medical while around two in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around an eighth. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$34,738 - $76,887
$35K
$55K
$77K
MEDIAN: $54,885
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$24.81 - $42.89
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MEDIAN: $33.09
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$0$88K
Salary $34,738 - $76,887
Bonus $295.38 - $5,004
Profit Sharing $805 - $5,012
Commission $825 - $23,981
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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$47,569 - $88,241
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,136
Hourly Data $0$64
Hourly Rate $24.81 - $42.89
Hourly Tips $0.63
Overtime $15.54 - $64.59
Annual Data $0$88K
Bonus $295.38 - $5,004
Commission $825 - $23,981
Profit Sharing $805 - $5,012
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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$47,569 - $88,241
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 5,297

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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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Dental Hygienists' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Pedodontic Dental Hygienist. Median pay for Pedodontic Dental Hygienists is $72K. Many Dental Hygienists advance into roles as Office Managers of Dental Offices or Registered Nurses, but the median salaries are $26K lower and $11K lower, respectively.

Dental Hygienist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Hygienist


Dental Hygienists flock to Heartland Dental Care, Aspen Dental, DentalWorks, Dental Group Ltd, and Heartland Dental Corporation, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Dental Hygienists flock to Pacific Dental Services Incorporated for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $82K lead the pack in compensation. Gentle Family Dentistry, Dr. B, and Dr. Jones also offer top salaries for Dental Hygienists. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $75K, $73K, and $71K, respectively.

Midwest Dental, Aspen Dental and Dental Group Ltd are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $56K, $58K, and $63K.

Popular Skills for Dental Hygienist


Dental Hygienists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Pedodontics, dental hygienist, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, and Anesthesia are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Bilingual, Local Anesthesia, and Oral / Verbal Communication. The majority of those who know Patient Education also know Periodontics.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Hygienist

Pay by Experience for a Dental Hygienist has a positive trend. An entry-level Dental Hygienist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 3,072 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dental Hygienist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 1,379 salaries. An experienced Dental Hygienist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 1,645 salaries. A Dental Hygienist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 1,315 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,343

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For Dental Hygienists, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Dental Hygienists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+18 percent), Phoenix (+16 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and Austin (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 20 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Miami and Charlotte (13 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Dental Hygienist Reviews

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

Dental Hygienist in Lima:
"The good of helping others."
Pros: Rewarding. Team members. Hours. Patients.
Cons: Pay. Commute.

Dental Hygienist in Saudi Arabia:
"I can scalling much better."
Pros: I can scalping very well... And also can do light cure filling.
Cons: Scalling and root planning and also a bleaching on the tooth.

Dental Hygienist in Great Falls:
Pros: Great hours. Decent pay. Independence.
Cons: Pain from constant motion. Lack of benefits.

Dental Hygienist in Jersey City:
"It's very rewarding."
Pros: Dental hygiene is a very rewarding field to be in.
Cons: Can be stressful and pay can be low.

Dental Hygienist in Florence:
Pros: Helping people with their dental needs.
Cons:

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.

Dental Hygienist in Sag Harbor:
"Dog groomer."
Pros: It's fun!
Cons: Nothing.

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Key Stats for Dental Hygienist

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 759 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Dental Hygienist Salaries

▲8%

▲5%

▲2%

National Average
$67,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Dental Hygienist Salaries

Pedodontics
▲6%


Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▲4%

▲3%

▲3%

prophylaxis
▲3%

dental hygiene
▲3%

▲2%


▲1%

National Average
$67,000

Cleaning
▼1%

Orthodontics
▼3%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼4%


Bilingual
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 759 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 32%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 13%
no benefits
None: 46%
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