Dental Hygienist Salary

Most Dental Hygienists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $33.00 per hour. Cash earnings of Dental Hygienists can occasionally include $5K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $47K to almost $88K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and years of experience. Roughly a third enjoy medical while approximately two in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-eighth. Most Dental Hygienists like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$34,223 - $75,931
$34K
$54K
$76K
MEDIAN: $53,904
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$24.79 - $42.83
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$33
$43
MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$34,223 - $75,931  
   
Bonus
$297.89 - $4,989  
Profit Sharing
$816 - $5,018  
Commission
$625 - $23,981  
Total Pay (?
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$47,119 - $88,009  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,192
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$24.79 - $42.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.63  
Overtime
$18.12 - $63.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$297.89 - $4,989  
   
Commission
$625 - $23,981  
Profit Sharing
$816 - $5,018  
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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$47,119 - $88,009  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5,502

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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 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 $72K a year. 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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Hygienist


Dominating the field, Heartland Dental Care, Aspen Dental, DentalWorks, Dental Group Ltd, and Heartland Dental Corporation are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Dental Hygienists. Pacific Dental Services Incorporated leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $82K. 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.

Midwest Dental, Aspen Dental, and Dental Group Ltd also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $56K, $58K, and $63K.

Popular Skills for Dental Hygienist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Bilingual, Local Anesthesia, and Oral / Verbal Communication. Most people experienced in 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

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▲19%

▲16%

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▲14%

▼-1%

▼-3%

▼-6%

▼-13%

▼-19%

National Average: $67,092

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 (+19 percent), Phoenix (+16 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and Austin (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Pittsburgh, 19 percent below the national average. Workers in Miami and Charlotte earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

Dental Hygienist Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Dental Hygienist

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 711 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Dental Hygienist Salaries

▲8%

▲5%

▲3%

National Average
$67,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Dental Hygienist Salaries

Pedodontics
▲6%


▲4%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▲4%

prophylaxis
▲4%

dental hygiene
▲4%

▲3%


▲2%

▲2%

National Average
$67,000

Cleaning
▼1%

Orthodontics
▼3%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼4%


Bilingual
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 711 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
22%
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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