Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Salary

A Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) earns an average wage of $33.06 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.

$34,559 - $76,831
(Median)
$35K
$54K
$77K
MEDIAN: $53,804
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$24.83 - $43.18
(Median)
$25
$33
$43
MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$34,559 - $76,831  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,472  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $5,833  
Commission
$295.90 - $20,273  
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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$48,948 - $89,156  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 535
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$24.83 - $43.18  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $62.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,472  
   
Commission
$295.90 - $20,273  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $5,833  
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).
)
$48,948 - $89,156  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,381
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Job Description for Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

A registered dental hygienist (RDH) is someone who specializes in preventative oral health care. They examine and clean a patient's teeth and gums of soft and hard deposits and they record the presence of any tooth or gum related diseases. They also provide therapeutic treatments that are meant to stop tooth and gum related diseases and teach the patient how to practice proper oral hygiene. It is also the responsibility of some registered dental hygienists to administer local anesthesia to a patient before any kind of oral surgery. RDH's also take and develop x-rays of patients' teeth.

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Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) 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.

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Experience Affects Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Salaries




National Average
$68,000


Skills That Affect Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Salaries



Anesthesia
up arrow 4%

Periodontics
up arrow 4%

Family Practice
up arrow 4%

Patient Education
up arrow 3%

Clinical Education
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Radiology
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Spanish Language
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Pedodontics
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Orthodontics
0%

National Average
$68,000

Family Practice/Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 562 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 32% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 42%
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