Dental Hygienist Salary

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.

$34,570 - $75,543
$35K
$55K
$76K
MEDIAN: $54,572
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$24.93 - $43.13
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MEDIAN: $33.32
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$0$88K
Salary $34,570 - $75,543
Bonus $294.28 - $5,022
Profit Sharing $873 - $4,938
Commission $515 - $17,838
Total Pay (?
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$47,903 - $88,673
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,081
Hourly Data $0$65
Hourly Rate $24.93 - $43.13
Hourly Tips $0.63
Overtime $17.38 - $65.19
Annual Data $0$88K
Bonus $294.28 - $5,022
Commission $515 - $17,838
Profit Sharing $873 - $4,938
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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$47,903 - $88,673
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 5,115

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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.

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 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.

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 3,072 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 1,379 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 1,645 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 1,315 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,662

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
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 788 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Dental Hygienist Salaries

▲7%

▲4%

▲2%

National Average
$68,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Dental Hygienist Salaries

Pedodontics
▲5%


▲3%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▲3%

prophylaxis
▲3%

dental hygiene
▲3%

▲2%


▲1%

▲1%

National Average
$68,000

Cleaning
▼1%

Orthodontics
▼3%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼4%


Bilingual
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 788 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 32%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
vision benefits
Vision: 13%
no benefits
None: 47%
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