Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Salary (United States)

A Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) earns an average wage of $32.73 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Salary (?
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$33,888 - $74,449
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $51,741
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Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Salary (?
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$24.63 - $42.72
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MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$33,888 - $74,449  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,532  
Profit Sharing
$967 - $6,145  
Commission
$516 - $35,508  
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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$48,157 - $88,692  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 714
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$24.63 - $42.72  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $62.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,532  
   
Commission
$516 - $35,508  
Profit Sharing
$967 - $6,145  
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).
)
$48,157 - $88,692  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,744
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

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Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$67,000
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Experience Affects Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Salaries

National Average
$67,000

Skills That Affect Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Salaries

Periodontics
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Radiology
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Family Practice/Pediatrics
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National Average
$67,000
Orthodontics
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 749 votes.

Gender

Female
98%
female alumni
 
Male
2%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 32% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 9% employee benefits None: 41%