$33.35
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,032

Profit Sharing

$1,988

Commission

$3,523

Women make up the vast majority of Dental Hygienists in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $33.16 per hour. With bonuses and profit sharing proceeds each occasionally running north of $5K and a few commissions that surpass $19K, total incomes for Dental Hygienists generally vary between $48K and $88K according to individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the company and experience level. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Dental Hygienists. About one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and roughly two-fifths collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$34,818 - $75,688
$35K
$54K
$76K
MEDIAN: $54,460
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50%
90%

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$25.03 - $42.93
$25
$33
$43
MEDIAN: $33.35
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50%
90%

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$0$88K
Salary $34,818 - $75,688
Bonus $251 - $4,987
Profit Sharing $494 - $4,946
Commission $255 - $17,879
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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$48,225 - $88,384
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,934
Hourly Data $0$65
Hourly Rate $25.03 - $42.93
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $24.47
Overtime $17.80 - $65.16
Annual Data $0$88K
Bonus $251 - $4,987
Commission $255 - $17,879
Profit Sharing $494 - $4,946
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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$48,225 - $88,384
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 9,504

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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Dental Hygienist Tasks

  • Teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene.
  • Remove soft and hard deposits from teeth.
  • Record the presence of diseases or abnormalities.
  • Examine patients teeth and gums.

Dental Hygienist Pay By Employer

$0$102K

$67,268

Aspen Dental
37 profiles
$57,662

Dental Group Ltd
18 profiles
$66,392

Family Dental
17 profiles
$68,163

Dr. B
16 profiles
$72,257

DentalWorks
16 profiles
$63,920

DDS Inc.
15 profiles
$73,705

$80,527

$66,371

Gentle Dental
11 profiles
$63,054

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.

Dental Hygienist Job Listings

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: $67,758

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 Lima:
"The good of helping others."
Pros: Rewarding. Team members. Hours. Patients.
Cons: Pay. Commute.

Dental Hygienist in Saudi Arabia:
"I can scalling much better."
Pros: I can scalping very well... And also can do light cure filling.
Cons: Scalling and root planning and also a bleaching on the tooth.

Dental Hygienist in Great Falls:
Pros: Great hours. Decent pay. Independence.
Cons: Pain from constant motion. Lack of benefits.

Dental Hygienist in Jersey City:
"It's very rewarding."
Pros: Dental hygiene is a very rewarding field to be in.
Cons: Can be stressful and pay can be low.

Dental Hygienist in Florence:
Pros: Helping people with their dental needs.
Cons:

Dental Hygienist in Orlando:
Pros: The staff, I absolutely love my co workers. My patients are wonderful, I love seeing them every 3-6 months.
Cons: How cheap my boss can be, he doesn't ever want to spend money on equipment for the office. The commute to work is horrendous. And the stress level is so high because it is a very fast paced office.

Dental Hygienist in Sag Harbor:
"Dog groomer."
Pros: It's fun!
Cons: Nothing.

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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 1285 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
22%

Experience Affects Dental Hygienist Salaries

▲7%

▲4%

▲2%

National Average
$68,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Dental Hygienist Salaries

▲4%


▲2%

▲2%






▼0%

▼0%

National Average
$68,000

Cleaning
▼1%

▼3%


▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1285 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 33%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 13%
no benefits
None: 48%