An Entry-Level Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) earns an average wage of $31.96 per hour.

$30,767 - $78,644
$31K
$52K
$79K
MEDIAN: $52,182
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$24.54 - $41.82
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MEDIAN: $31.96
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$30,767 - $78,644  
   
Bonus
$410.84 - $11,675  
Profit Sharing
$2,800  
Commission
$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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$46,633 - $86,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 115
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$24.54 - $41.82  
   
Overtime
$20.35 - $69.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$410.84 - $11,675  
   
Commission
$500  
Profit Sharing
$2,800  
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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$46,633 - $86,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 531

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Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) in Tacoma:
"What I wished I knew."
Get ready for lower pay, not a great chance of full-time work or benefits. Be prepared to be asked to Sell dentistry I.e.: Crowns, Night Guards, Whitening. Not to be utilized to your full potential of your education and second guessed by your employer.

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) in Stockbridge:
"Perfect Fit."
The dynamics of every dental practice are very different. Find a practice that shares the same vision you have for dental health and where you have the freedom to implement treatment as you are comfortable doing so based on your education and experience. Never underestimate the value of small consistent changes in moving patients to a state of better oral health.

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) in Sycamore:
"Ask anything and everything!"
Ask anything and everything! Even if it seems common practice! Pay rate, are there annual reviews/raises, do you clock in/out or is there just a "set time that he will pay you for",how exactly (if there is) do you and when do you start accumulating vacation time....! I could go on and on. Get it in writing! I have been taken advantage of, under paid and under appreciated for far to many years. Your patients become part of your "away" family. And it makes it hard to leave. I love what I do! Just make sure you get all the details!

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) in Nashville:
"Don't major in this!!"
Even though you only work 4 days a week there are no health insurance benefits and very little room for growth or income advance. I would do something different if I could start over.

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) in Atlanta:
"Heavy Medical And Pharmacy Information Processing."
Ask for written requirements for your daily duties. If you don't have required experience and have to accept the lower salary range, accept it, get the experience from that job. When it's time for an annual review, ask for the salary you deem appropriate for your job. But do your research beforehand and apply for other hygiene jobs before your annual review -- to see how marketable you are. Stay in your current position until you find another job. Consider the "perks" of your job at the current salary. If they are not sufficient to continue with the company, still -- stay there until you find another job unless you are independently wealthy. Still not happy? Begin studying to acquire skills for another career. On or a little before 40 years of age -- if you've been in the business for at least 20 years, begin your studies for a different career( you may not wish to commute to a job at the age of 55 or 60). Stay abreast of medical information -- even though you are a dental professional.

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) in United States:
"Continue Your Education, Get Your Bachelors Degree And If Possible Get A Masters Degree."
Continue your education, get your Bachelors degree and Masters degree if possible. Its important to continue learning otherwise you will start making good money but will be making the same salary 10 years from now. It is also important to discuss salary and benefits up front.

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) in Waterbury:
"Muscular/Skeletal Injuries."
Treating patients can lead to injuries, trauma and repetitive strain injuries.

Key Stats for Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.
074
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
75%
5-9 years
12%
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Skills That Affect Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Salaries

Spanish Language
up arrow 4%

Anesthesia
up arrow 2%

Patient Education
up arrow 2%

Periodontics
up arrow 2%

Software Knowledge
up arrow 2%

Radiology
0%

Clinical Education
0%

National Average
$65,000

Family Practice/Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

Family Practice
up arrow 2%

Pediatrics
up arrow 3%

Pedodontics
up arrow 3%

Orthodontics
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
7 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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