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Dental Hygienist Salary

Women account for the majority of Dental Hygienists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $32.49 per hour. Total cash compensation to Dental Hygienists bottoms out near $45K and approaches $87K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $3K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Job satisfaction for Dental Hygienists is high. More than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than two-fifths collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$30,467 - $73,107
(Median)
$30K
$51K
$73K
MEDIAN: $51,412
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90%

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$24.23 - $42.21
(Median)
$24
$32
$42
MEDIAN: $32.00
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90%

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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$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$30,467 - $73,107  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,529  
Profit Sharing
$487.96 - $5,842  
Commission
$559 - $19,627  
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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$45,435 - $87,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 979
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$24.23 - $42.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $6.25  
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.23  
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 - $2,529  
   
Commission
$559 - $19,627  
Profit Sharing
$487.96 - $5,842  
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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$45,435 - $87,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,094

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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 who go on to become Pedodontic Dental Hygienists may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Pedodontic Dental Hygienist, an upper-level role, pays $71K. 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 $25K lower and $11K lower, respectively.

Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Hygienist


Family Dental, Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, DDS Inc., and Dr. Jones are among the top companies that take on many Dental Hygienists. Although DDS Inc. heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $93K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $59K to $117K. Dental Hygienists can also look forward to large paychecks at Pacific Dental Services Incorporated ($76K), Gentle Family Dentistry ($75K), and Dr. B ($71K).

Aspen Dental offers the least pay with a median salary of $58K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $72K. Heartland Dental Care, Family Dental Care and Family Dental are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $67K, $69K, and $69K.

Popular Skills for Dental Hygienist


Dental Hygienists seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in restorative, periodontal therapy, Local Anesthesia, and Pedodontics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 20 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include anesthetic, Spanish Language, and Orthodontics. Those familiar with Patient Education also tend to know Radiology.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Hygienist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Dental Hygienists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $61K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $68K. Dental Hygienists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $69K. 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


Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Dental Hygienists, 39 percent above the national average. Dental Hygienists will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+17 percent), Austin (+17 percent), Portland (+15 percent), and New York (+13 percent). Tampa is the lowest-paying area, 3 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Dental Hygienist Salaries




National Average
$66,000


Skills That Affect Dental Hygienist Salaries

restorative
up arrow 20%

periodontal therapy
up arrow 13%

Local Anesthesia
up arrow 11%

Pedodontics
up arrow 8%

Cleaning
up arrow 7%

Periodontics
up arrow 4%

Anesthesia
up arrow 4%

Patient Education
up arrow 2%

Radiology
up arrow 1%

Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

National Average
$66,000

nitrous oxide
up arrow 2%

Scaling
up arrow 5%

Orthodontics
up arrow 6%

Spanish Language
up arrow 8%

anesthetic
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 944 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: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 43%
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