A Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) earns an average wage of $34.18 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.

$37,286 - $80,544
(Median)
$37K
$59K
$81K
MEDIAN: $58,607
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$25.91 - $44.99
(Median)
$26
$34
$45
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$37,286 - $80,544  
   
Bonus
$342.55 - $4,966  
Profit Sharing
$990 - $6,090  
Commission
$0.00 - $10,500  
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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$51,002 - $92,824  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 254
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$25.91 - $44.99  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$1.57 - $73.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$342.55 - $4,966  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,500  
Profit Sharing
$990 - $6,090  
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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$51,002 - $92,824  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,459
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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

  • 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)

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

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $69,462

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Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Reviews

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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Experience Affects Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Salaries




National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Salaries

Periodontics
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Anesthesia
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Patient Education
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Radiology
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Clinical Education
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Family Practice
up arrow 1%

Software Knowledge
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Spanish Language
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National Average
$69,000

Pedodontics
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Orthodontics
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Family Practice/Pediatrics
up arrow 3%

Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 204 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 31%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
medical benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 47%
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