Average Dental Hygienist Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Dental Hygienist is $33.74.
MEDIAN $33.74
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Hourly Rate
$25 - $43
$293 - $4,932
Profit Sharing
$850 - $5,068
$734 - $20,608
Total Pay
$50,318 - $89,652

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Job Description for Dental Hygienist

The top respondents for the job title Dental Hygienist are from the companies Heartland Dental Care, Aspen Dental and Dental Group Ltd. Reported salaries are highest at DDS Inc. where the average pay is $36.08. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Dr. B and Dental Group Ltd, earning around $35.05 and $33.30, respectively. Aspen Dental pays the lowest at around $27.80. DentalWorks and Heartland Dental Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $30.74 and $31.30, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Dental Hygienist. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Dental Hygienist
Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
Dental Office Manager
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Dental Hygienist

Skills in Patient Education, Periodontics and Anesthesia are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Pediatrics and Radiology.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Hygienist

An entry-level Dental Hygienist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $29.99 based on 786 salaries. An early career Dental Hygienist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $31.74 based on 3,329 salaries. A mid-career Dental Hygienist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $34.36 based on 1,807 salaries. An experienced Dental Hygienist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $35.17 based on 2,449 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $36.
Employees with Dental Hygienist in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 32.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (19.6% more) and Denver, Colorado (17.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Charlotte, North Carolina (1.3% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 10,750 survey responses.
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