$54,903
Avg. Salary
$33.64
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,037

Bonus

$1,971

Profit Sharing

$3,555

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Dental Hygienist with Patient Education skills is $33.64 per hour.

The average pay for a Dental Hygienist with Patient Education skills is $54,903 per year.

$25.69
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$33.64
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$42.94
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MEDIAN $33.64
$36k
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$77k
90%
MEDIAN $54,903
$35,787 - $76,877
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MEDIAN: $54,903
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$0$88K
Salary $35,787 - $76,877
Bonus $296 - $4,879
Profit Sharing $409 - $5,135
Commission $745 - $24,500
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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$51,348 - $88,975
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Dec 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 556
Hourly Data $0$66
Hourly Rate $25.69 - $42.94
Hourly Tips $0.63
Overtime $31.12 - $66.87
Annual Data $0$88K
Bonus $296 - $4,879
Commission $745 - $24,500
Profit Sharing $409 - $5,135
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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$51,348 - $88,975
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Dec 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,401

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.

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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 $64,000 based on 1,988 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 $70,000 based on 1,141 salaries. An experienced Dental Hygienist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 1,348 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 $72,000 based on 1,067 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,920

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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
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 823 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%

Experience Affects Dental Hygienist Salaries

▲5%

▲2%

▲1%

National Average
$69,000

▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 823 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 31%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 14%
no benefits
None: 50%