$34.73
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,005

Profit Sharing

$2,000

Commission

$2,056

A Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) earns an average wage of $34.21 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.

$37,776 - $79,325
$38K
$58K
$79K
MEDIAN: $58,263
10%
50%
90%

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$26.25 - $45.67
$26
$35
$46
MEDIAN: $34.73
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50%
90%

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$0$94K
Salary $37,776 - $79,325
Bonus $199 - $4,977
Profit Sharing $970 - $6,013
Commission $0.30 - $14,933
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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$51,561 - $94,491
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 6 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 507
Hourly Data $0$72
Hourly Rate $26.25 - $45.67
Hourly Tips $0.78
Overtime $27.40 - $72.63
Annual Data $0$94K
Bonus $199 - $4,977
Commission $0.30 - $14,933
Profit Sharing $970 - $6,013
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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$51,561 - $94,491
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 6 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,979

Job Description for Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Registered dental hygienists (RDHs) work primarily in dentists’ offices. Graduation from an accredited dental hygiene school and/or an associate's degree in dental hygiene, as well as state licensure and passing the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination are general requirements for this position. RDHs have a range of duties, including cleaning patients' teeth and gums and providing instructions to patients in proper dental hygiene. They also remove plaque, polish teeth, take x-rays, and teach patients appropriate techniques in brushing and flossing their teeth. They must always adhere to safety guidelines when using X-ray machines and be able to work independently as well as in a team environment, and should also have excellent interpersonal and communication skills to work well with patients.

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Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) 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.

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Pay By Employer

$0$84K

$66,502

Family Dental
15 profiles
$70,197

Aspen Dental
6 profiles
$61,663

Dr. B
6 profiles
$67,600

$54,080

Common Career Paths for Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)


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Popular Skills for Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Pay by Experience for a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) has a positive trend. An entry-level Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 609 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) 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 319 salaries. An experienced Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 466 salaries. A Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 430 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,694

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Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)?

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) in Zillah:
"Love it."
Pros: I love being a hygienist, it's a job that I look forward to! I love restorative hygiene, it's always different!
Cons: I don't like the office I'm at currently. I'm being micromanaged, and I'm not being given the hours I was told I would get.

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) in Media:
Pros: Job satisfaction, making people smile, the flexibility, hours, new materials, equiptment, patients, talking to new people, list goes on and on.
Cons: No clear expectations of employee production and not being valued & utilized for your true abilities, no incentive to value employee solution/opinion on problems. No compromise.

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) in Loma Linda:
Pros: Building relationships with patients and staff. Teaching people how to keep their mouths healthy.
Cons: Pressure to produce... Shortened appointments in order to see more patients a day.

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Key Stats for Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 486 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
27%

Experience Affects Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Salaries

▲5%

▲1%

National Average
$71,000

▼2%

▼8%

Skills That Affect Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Salaries

▲1%

▲1%


▼0%


National Average
$71,000



▼1%

Family Practice
▼2%

scaling and root planing
▼3%


▼5%

▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 486 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 31%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 13%
no benefits
None: 51%