Dental Hygienist Salary

Women comprise the majority of Dental Hygienists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $32.51 per hour on average. Overall cash earnings for Dental Hygienists stretch from $45K on the lower end to $87K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $3K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. Most Dental Hygienists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than two-fifths collect dental insurance.

$30,513 - $72,786
(Median)
$31K
$51K
$73K
MEDIAN: $51,396
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$24.27 - $42.22
(Median)
$24
$33
$42
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$30,513 - $72,786  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,592  
Profit Sharing
$490.68 - $5,889  
Commission
$496.65 - $19,574  
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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$45,442 - $87,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,065
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$24.27 - $42.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $6.25  
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.21  
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 - $2,592  
   
Commission
$496.65 - $19,574  
Profit Sharing
$490.68 - $5,889  
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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$45,442 - $87,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,440
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Job Description for Dental Hygienist

A Dental Hygienist’s responsibility is to help prevent dental related diseases in their patients. Dental Hygienists will usually work with a certified dentist to meet the oral health concerns of patients. Some basic job responsibilities and tasks include, giving patients routine cleanings in order to remove plaque and other caustic substances from all surfaces of the teeth, testing patients’ teeth for cavities and other abnormalities, assessment of the patient’s health history, applying anesthesia to patients going through surgery, applying different treatments such as fluoride in order to prevent future cavities and diseases, taking and developing dental X-rays in order to assess current and future dental problems, and assisting dentists with their work. It is also the responsibility of a Dental Hygienist to talk to their patients about proper dental care and promote good nutrition habits in order to prevent further dental health problems. Along with these hands on activities, Dental Hygienists also perform general documentation procedures and office management involving their patient’s documented information.

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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. Dental Hygienists most frequently advance into Office Manager of a Dental Office and Registered Nurse roles even though the median salaries are $25K lower and $11K lower, respectively.

Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Hygienist


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Dental Hygienists include Family Dental, Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, DDS Inc., and Dr. Jones. DDS Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $91K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $59K to a high of $115K. Other big spenders include Pacific Dental Services Incorporated, Gentle Family Dentistry, and Dr. B, top-paying firms where Dental Hygienists see paychecks nearing $76K, $75K, or $71K.

Dental Hygienists will find the worst pay at Aspen Dental, where the median salary crawls in at $58K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $72K, leaving little room for growth. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Heartland Dental Care ($66K), Family Dental Care ($69K), and Family Dental ($69K).

Popular Skills for Dental Hygienist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with restorative, periodontal therapy, and dental hygienist are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 13 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.


Dental Hygienists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $61K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $68K. For Dental Hygienists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $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 those looking to make money, Dental Hygienists in Seattle enjoy an exceptional 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 (+12 percent). With compensation 8 percent below the national average, Jacksonville is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Tampa (4 percent lower) and San Antonio (1 percent lower).

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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 11%

Cleaning
up arrow 9%

Pedodontics
up arrow 8%

Periodontics
up arrow 4%

Anesthesia
up arrow 4%

Patient Education
up arrow 2%

Radiology
up arrow 2%

nitrous oxide
up arrow 2%

Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

National Average
$66,000

Local Anesthesia
up arrow 2%

Scaling
up arrow 5%

Orthodontics
up arrow 6%

Bilingual
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 954 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: 34% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 43%
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