Average Early-Career Dental Hygienist Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for an Early-Career Dental Hygienist is $32.01.
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Hourly Rate
$24 - $42
$202 - $4,853
Profit Sharing
$501 - $4,894
$400 - $9,759
Total Pay
$46,739 - $85,827

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Job Description for Dental Hygienist

The top respondents for the job title Dental Hygienist are from the companies Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care and Dental Group Ltd. Reported salaries are highest at Pacific Dental Services Incorporated where the average pay is $38.69. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Dental Group Ltd and Heartland Dental Care, earning around $32.00 and $30.47, respectively. Aspen Dental pays the lowest at around $27.88. Park Dental and DentalWorks also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $29.74 and $30.00, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Dental Hygienist

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

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 $30.16 based on 736 salaries. A mid-career Dental Hygienist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $34.46 based on 1,760 salaries. An experienced Dental Hygienist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $35.28 based on 2,419 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 36.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Denver, Colorado (23.4% more) and New York, New York (16.9% more).

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