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 $32.52 per hour. Cash earnings of Dental Hygienists — including $3K in bonuses, $6K in profit sharing proceeds, and $19K in commissions near the top of the pay scale — stretch from approximately $46K to approximately $87K depending on individual performance. While the particular city and years of experience impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Work is enjoyable for Dental Hygienists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. More than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than two-fifths collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$30,534 - $72,708
(Median)
$31K
$51K
$73K
MEDIAN: $51,327
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$24.32 - $42.17
(Median)
$24
$33
$42
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$30,534 - $72,708  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,888  
Profit Sharing
$352.35 - $5,845  
Commission
$503 - $19,458  
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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$45,621 - $86,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,073
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$24.32 - $42.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.67  
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.15  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,888  
   
Commission
$503 - $19,458  
Profit Sharing
$352.35 - $5,845  
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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$45,621 - $86,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,501
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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' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Pedodontic Dental Hygienist. Median pay for Pedodontic Dental Hygienists is $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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Hygienist


Dominating the field, Family Dental, Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, DDS Inc., and Dr. Jones are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Dental Hygienists. Employees of DDS Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $91K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $59K to $115K. Dental Hygienists can also look forward to large paychecks at Pacific Dental Services Incorporated ($76K), Gentle Family Dentistry ($75K), and Gentle Dental ($75K).

Employees at Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, and Family Dental Care can also expect below-average earnings of $58K, $67K, and $69K.

Popular Skills for Dental Hygienist


Survey results imply that Dental Hygienists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with restorative, periodontal therapy, and Cleaning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 13 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Bilingual, Orthodontics, and Scaling. Most people familiar with 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $61K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $68K. Dental Hygienists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $69K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $72K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Dental Hygienists, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Dental Hygienists will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+17 percent), Denver (+16 percent), Portland (+14 percent), and New York (+13 percent). Trailing the national average by 4 percent, Tampa is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Dental Hygienist Salaries




National Average
$66,000


Skills That Affect Dental Hygienist Salaries

restorative
up arrow 21%

periodontal therapy
up arrow 13%

dental hygienist
up arrow 9%

Cleaning
up arrow 9%

Pedodontics
up arrow 8%

Periodontics
up arrow 4%

Anesthesia
up arrow 4%

nitrous oxide
up arrow 4%

Patient Education
up arrow 2%

Radiology
up arrow 2%

Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

National Average
$66,000

Local Anesthesia
up arrow 2%

Scaling
up arrow 5%

Orthodontics
up arrow 7%

Bilingual
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 956 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 35% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 43%
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