$58,704
Avg. Salary
$34.82
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,012

Bonus

$1,989

Profit Sharing

$2,750

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) is $34.82 per hour.

The average pay for a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) is $58,704 per year.

$26.53
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$34.82
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$45.73
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MEDIAN $34.82
$38k
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MEDIAN $58,704
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MEDIAN: $58,704
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$0$94K
Salary $38,230 - $79,306
Bonus $206 - $5,007
Profit Sharing $970 - $5,128
Commission $0.00 - $18,665
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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$51,954 - $94,697
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Dec 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 489
Hourly Data $0$72
Hourly Rate $26.53 - $45.73
Hourly Tips $0.78
Overtime $27.24 - $72.79
Annual Data $0$94K
Bonus $206 - $5,007
Commission $0.00 - $18,665
Profit Sharing $970 - $5,128
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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$51,954 - $94,697
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Dec 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,983

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

$69,607

Family Dental
14 profiles
$71,226

Aspen Dental
9 profiles
$64,290

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

10%

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-7%

National Average: $71,096

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Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Advice

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

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) in Sycamore:
"Ask anything and everything!"
Ask anything and everything! Even if it seems common practice! Pay rate, are there annual reviews/raises, do you clock in/out or is there just a "set time that he will pay you for",how exactly (if there is) do you and when do you start accumulating vacation time....! I could go on and on. Get it in writing! I have been taken advantage of, under paid and under appreciated for far to many years. Your patients become part of your "away" family. And it makes it hard to leave. I love what I do! Just make sure you get all the details!

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) in Nashville:
"Don't major in this!!"
Even though you only work 4 days a week there are no health insurance benefits and very little room for growth or income advance. I would do something different if I could start over.

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) in Atlanta:
"Heavy Medical And Pharmacy Information Processing."
Ask for written requirements for your daily duties. If you don't have required experience and have to accept the lower salary range, accept it, get the experience from that job. When it's time for an annual review, ask for the salary you deem appropriate for your job. But do your research beforehand and apply for other hygiene jobs before your annual review -- to see how marketable you are. Stay in your current position until you find another job. Consider the "perks" of your job at the current salary. If they are not sufficient to continue with the company, still -- stay there until you find another job unless you are independently wealthy. Still not happy? Begin studying to acquire skills for another career. On or a little before 40 years of age -- if you've been in the business for at least 20 years, begin your studies for a different career( you may not wish to commute to a job at the age of 55 or 60). Stay abreast of medical information -- even though you are a dental professional.

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) in United States:
"Continue Your Education, Get Your Bachelors Degree And If Possible Get A Masters Degree."
Continue your education, get your Bachelors degree and Masters degree if possible. Its important to continue learning otherwise you will start making good money but will be making the same salary 10 years from now. It is also important to discuss salary and benefits up front.

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) in United States:
"Continue your education, get your Bachelors and if possible."
Continue your education, get your Bachelors degree and Masters degree if possible. Its important to continue learning otherwise you will start making good money but will be making the same salary 10 years from now. It is also important to discuss salary and benefits up front.

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) in Waterbury:
"Muscular/Skeletal Injuries."
Treating patients can lead to injuries, trauma and repetitive strain injuries.

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) in Vacaville:
"Dental Hygienist In The Air Force."
If you are a new RDH and plan on working in a civilian practice, that is awesome! Being an Air Force hygienist is very stressful due to our main commitment is completing the mission. I am compared to as a glorified dental assistant and I am the only hygienist responsible for over 300 patients. I love being a hygienist, just not in the military.

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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 503 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
27%

Experience Affects Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Salaries

▲4%

▲1%

National Average
$71,000

▼3%

▼8%

Skills That Affect Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Salaries

▲1%

▲1%


National Average
$71,000


▼1%

Family Practice
▼2%



▼2%

scaling and root planing
▼3%


▼6%

▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 503 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
25%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 31%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
vision benefits
Vision: 13%
no benefits
None: 52%