The average hourly pay for an Experienced Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) is $35.81.
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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 teac…Read more
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.
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Popular Skills for Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
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Skills in Patient Education, Periodontics, Radiology, Anesthesia and Family Practice are correlated to pay that is above average.
Pay by Experience Level for Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
An entry-level Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $31.98 based on 154 salaries. An early career Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $33.58 based on 948 salaries. A mid-career Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $34.91 based on 572 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $37.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) in their job title in San Diego, California earn an average of 40.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (30.3% more) and San Luis Obispo, California (28.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in San Antonio, Texas (6.5% less).
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