$51,028
Avg. Salary
$31.01
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,025

Profit Sharing

$1,495

Commission

$2,912

The average pay for a Dental Hygienist is $31.01 per hour.

The average pay for a Dental Hygienist is $51,028 per year.

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MEDIAN $51,028
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$0$83K
Salary $30,940 - $72,356
Bonus $206 - $4,963
Profit Sharing $197 - $4,880
Commission $397 - $10,013
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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$41,982 - $83,245
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,113
Hourly Data $0$59
Hourly Rate $23.32 - $40.54
Hourly Tips $0.64
Overtime $15.34 - $59.21
Annual Data $0$83K
Bonus $206 - $4,963
Commission $397 - $10,013
Profit Sharing $197 - $4,880
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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$41,982 - $83,245
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,010

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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Dental Hygienist


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Entry-Level Dental Hygienists include Family Dental, Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, Pacific Dental Services Incorporated, and Dental Group Ltd. Pacific Dental Services Incorporated offers the largest salaries in town — $83K on average.

Aspen Dental seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $57K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $42K and $81K.

Dental Hygienist Job Listings

Pay Difference by Location

41%

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National Average: $63,151

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

Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Dental Hygienists, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 43 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Dental Hygienists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+22 percent), Houston (+21 percent), Boston (+16 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Pittsburgh is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Miami and Orlando also lean toward paying below-median salaries (14 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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.

Key Stats for Dental Hygienist

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 406 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
13%

Skills That Affect Dental Hygienist Salaries

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Local Anesthesia
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National Average
$63,000

dental hygiene
▼1%


▼5%


▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 406 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 18%
no benefits
None: 46%