Dental Hygienist Salary

Most Dental Hygienists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $32.97 per hour. The range in cash compensation to Dental Hygienists ($47K to $88K) includes potential earnings of $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the company and years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Dental Hygienists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to just under a third, and approximately two in five earn dental coverage.

$34,312 - $75,106
$34K
$53K
$75K
MEDIAN: $53,086
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$24.71 - $42.68
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$33
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MEDIAN: $32.97
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$34,312 - $75,106  
   
Bonus
$293.75 - $5,006  
Profit Sharing
$868 - $5,039  
Commission
$513 - $24,179  
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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$46,736 - $87,755  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,140
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$24.71 - $42.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.63  
Overtime
$17.88 - $63.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$293.75 - $5,006  
   
Commission
$513 - $24,179  
Profit Sharing
$868 - $5,039  
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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$46,736 - $87,755  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5,313

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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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Many Dental Hygienists move into a Pedodontic Dental Hygienist role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Pedodontic Dental Hygienists on average bring in a similar salary to Dental Hygienists. 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


Heartland Dental Care, Aspen Dental, DentalWorks, Dental Group Ltd, and Heartland Dental Corporation are top-notch employers for Dental Hygienists in this area. Dental Hygienists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Pacific Dental Services Incorporated, where the average salary comes to $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 are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($56K, $58K, and $63K respectively).

Popular Skills for Dental Hygienist


Survey takers working as Dental Hygienists report using a large range of professional skills. 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

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. The average beginner in this position makes around $63K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $69K. Dental Hygienists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $71K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $72K.

Pay Difference by Location

37%

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-13%

-19%

National Average: $66,982

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 (+17 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and Austin (+14 percent). Pittsburgh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. Miami and Charlotte are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 5 percent lower, 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
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 633 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
20%
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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%

Cleaning
▼0%

National Average
$67,000

Orthodontics
▼2%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼3%


Bilingual
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 633 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 31%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
vision benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 47%
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