The average hourly pay for an Early-Career Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) with Patient Education skills is $34.35.
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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
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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 $32.67 based on 43 salaries. A mid-career Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $34.54 based on 264 salaries. An experienced Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $36.02 based on 437 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $36.
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Employees with Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) in their job title in San Diego, California earn an average of 27.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Sacramento, California (24.6% more) and Denver, Colorado (17.3% more).
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