$54,977
Avg. Salary
$33.56
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,036

Bonus

$1,984

Profit Sharing

$3,605

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Dental Hygienist is $33.56 per hour.

The average pay for a Dental Hygienist is $54,977 per year.

$25.16
10%
$33.56
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$43.15
90%
MEDIAN $33.56
$35k
10%
$55k
50%
$77k
90%
MEDIAN $54,977
$34,991 - $76,806
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MEDIAN: $54,977
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$25.16 - $43.15
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$0$88K
Salary $34,991 - $76,806
Bonus $294 - $4,963
Profit Sharing $497 - $4,965
Commission $504 - $19,653
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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$48,785 - $88,943
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 8 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,831
Hourly Data $0$65
Hourly Rate $25.16 - $43.15
Hourly Tips $0.63
Overtime $17.55 - $65.32
Annual Data $0$88K
Bonus $294 - $4,963
Commission $504 - $19,653
Profit Sharing $497 - $4,965
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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$48,785 - $88,943
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 8 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 9,257

Job Description for Dental Hygienist

Dental hуgіеnіsts perform a number of duties within a dental office. They are responsible for cleaning teeth, looking for signs of oral disease in patients, and providing education and preventative care. Specific tasks performed by dental hygienists include сlеаning stаіns and plaque buildup on teeth, сlеаning undеr аnd аrоund the gums, sеаrсhing fоr іndісаtоrs оf оrаl disease such as swеllіng, and applying dental prophylaxis, sealants, and topical fluorides as required. They also educate patients on oral care and hygiene such as on flossing, brushing and diet. Additionally, dental hygienists help dentists and other professionals in their office in tasks such as taking radiographs, assisting during dental procedures and making impressions of teeth. Some dental hygienists work for orthodontists and provide care specific to orthodontic patients and procedures.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Hygienist


Known for taking on a considerable number of Dental Hygienists, Heartland Dental Care, Aspen Dental, DentalWorks, Dental Group Ltd, and Heartland Dental Corporation are leading firms in the industry. Dental Hygienists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Pacific Dental Services Incorporated, where the average salary comes to $82K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Gentle Family Dentistry, Dr. B, and Dr. Jones, where Dental Hygienists typically earn around $75K, $73K, or $71K, respectively.

Employees at Midwest Dental, Aspen Dental, and Dental Group Ltd can also expect below-average earnings of $56K, $58K, and $63K.

Common Career Paths for Dental Hygienist


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Dental Hygienists' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Pedodontic Dental Hygienist. Median pay for Pedodontic Dental Hygienists is $72K. Dental Hygienists most often move into Office Manager of a Dental Office or Registered Nurse roles. However, the former pays $26K less on average, and the latter pays $11K less.

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Popular Skills for Dental Hygienist


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Pedodontics, dental hygienist, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, and Anesthesia are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Bilingual, Local Anesthesia, and Oral / Verbal Communication. Most people experienced in Patient Education also know Periodontics.

Pay by Experience Level for Dental Hygienist

Pay by Experience for a Dental Hygienist has a positive trend. An entry-level Dental Hygienist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 5,149 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dental Hygienist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 2,426 salaries. An experienced Dental Hygienist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 2,948 salaries. A Dental Hygienist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 2,359 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,245

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Dental Hygienists, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 36 percent above the national average. Dental Hygienists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+18 percent), Phoenix (+16 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and Austin (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Pittsburgh, 20 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 13 percent less in Miami and 6 percent less in Charlotte, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Dental Hygienist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Dental Hygienist?

Dental Hygienist in Hinesville:
"Good."
Pros: Interactions with patients.
Cons: Not much bad.

Dental Hygienist in Temecula:
"Communication."
The hardest part of dental hygiene is patient communication and diagnosis. The learning curve is about two to three years.

Dental Hygienist in O'Fallon:
Be prepared to work part time. This career has become over saturated.

Dental Hygienist in El Paso:
Its a good career especially for those who are raising a family. The hrs are flexable so you can work according to your schedule.

Dental Hygienist in Hoschton:
No real benefits , no health ins no retirement plan no payed vacation.

Dental Hygienist in Beaverton:
"Don't Become Complacent."
If you continue to get raises within the first 5-6 years you will hit the ceiling for wages. Doctors typically do not like to give raises beyond a certain point. Negotiate vacation packages and 401K and other benefits to compensate. Consider that you will have a short career working full time. Working as a dental hygienist is an ergonomic nightmare. When you were warned about injuries in college it is no joke. I have been working as a hygienist for 10 years and every senior hygienist that works full time (and does a great job) has some form of work related injury. We do not get scheduled breaks. Consider working part time for career longevity. It's a great occupation, however, very hard on your body. Be proactive in continuing your education after graduation. Everything changes in the medical world. We are always advancing. It is up to us to stay abreast of the latest technology. The doctors will know if you are no longer on board and are stuck in the stone age.

Dental Hygienist in Lansing:
"That health insurance is hard to come by."
Have a back up plan.

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Key Stats for Dental Hygienist

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1297 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
22%

Experience Affects Dental Hygienist Salaries

▲6%

▲3%

▲1%

National Average
$68,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Dental Hygienist Salaries

▲3%

▲2%

▲2%





▼0%

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National Average
$68,000

Cleaning
▼2%

▼4%


▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1297 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 33%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
vision benefits
Vision: 13%
no benefits
None: 50%