Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Salary

A Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) earns an average wage of $34.21 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.

$38,681 - $80,824
$39K
$58K
$81K
MEDIAN: $57,509
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$26.05 - $45.25
$26
$34
$45
MEDIAN: $34.21
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$38,681 - $80,824  
   
Bonus
$251.68 - $5,045  
Profit Sharing
$947 - $6,093  
Commission
$0.00 - $14,544  
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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$51,102 - $93,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 233
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$26.05 - $45.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$24.00 - $74.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$251.68 - $5,045  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $14,544  
Profit Sharing
$947 - $6,093  
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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$51,102 - $93,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,359

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Job Description for Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Registered dental hygienists (RDHs) work primarily in dentists’ offices. Graduation from an accredited dental hygiene school and/or an associate's degree in dental hygiene, as well as state licensure and passing the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination are general requirements for this position. RDHs have a range of duties, including cleaning patients' teeth and gums and providing instructions to patients in proper dental hygiene. They also remove plaque, polish teeth, take x-rays, and teach patients appropriate techniques in brushing and flossing their teeth. They must always adhere to safety guidelines when using X-ray machines and be able to work independently as well as in a team environment, and should also have excellent interpersonal and communication skills to work well with patients.

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Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Pay by Experience for a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) has a positive trend. An entry-level Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 609 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) 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 319 salaries. An experienced Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 466 salaries. A Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 430 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $69,538

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Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)?

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) in Zillah:
"Love it."
Pros: I love being a hygienist, it's a job that I look forward to! I love restorative hygiene, it's always different!
Cons: I don't like the office I'm at currently. I'm being micromanaged, and I'm not being given the hours I was told I would get.

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Key Stats for Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 200 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Salaries

▲7%

▲3%

National Average
$70,000

▼1%

▼6%

Skills That Affect Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Salaries

▲3%

▲3%


▲2%




▲1%

Family Practice
▼0%

National Average
$70,000

scaling and root planing
▼1%


▼4%

▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 200 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 32%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
vision benefits
Vision: 12%
no benefits
None: 47%