Dental Hygienist Salary

Dental hygienists are professionals that examine patients for signs of oral disease and clean teeth. They x-ray patients’ teeth to monitor them. They may educate patients on maintaining oral health.

Salary

The average salary of dental hygienists is $71,530 a year. The bottom 10% earns at most $47,880 while the top 10% earns at least $96,690 annually. The median salary is $71,110 a year.

The best industries for employment are offices of dentists (183,380 employed, $71,860 average); offices of physicians (2,260 employed, $65,830); and employment services (1,710 employed, $69,330). The top paying industry is ambulatory health care services, paying $83,360 a year on average (150 employed).

The top three paying states are Washington D.C. ($93,940 average), California ($93,920), and Washington ($92,610).

Job Outlook

The job outlook of dental hygienists is expected to increase by 33% between 2012 and 2022, which is much faster than average.

Dental Hygienist Salary by State

State Lowest 10% Median Salary Highest 10% Average Salary
Alabama $34,790 $46,130 $58,940 $46,530
Alaska $49,020 $75,310 $94,450 $73,500
Arizona $67,810 $84,340 $94,280 $81,220
Arkansas $36,350 $61,260 $88,800 $61,030
California $62,270 $99,150 $118,980 $93,920
Colorado $60,420 $80,800 $93,330 $77,110
Connecticut $63,740 $82,530 $95,880 $80,210
Delaware $56,920 $74,820 $91,360 $73,370
Florida $39,610 $63,110 $78,550 $61,110
Georgia $42,620 $62,340 $83,880 $62,270
Hawaii $61,900 $70,850 $88,220 $71,280
Idaho $56,410 $72,840 $91,920 $72,060
Illinois $38,890 $67,450 $90,930 $66,060
Indiana $45,590 $66,840 $83,660 $65,040
Iowa $53,170 $68,020 $81,890 $67,190
Kansas $44,620 $69,470 $88,240 $67,510
Kentucky $42,540 $55,830 $72,380 $56,450
Louisiana $35,090 $63,190 $84,990 $59,930
Maine $49,680 $65,890 $89,830 $67,730
Maryland $55,200 $84,360 $98,220 $80,490
Massachusetts $63,630 $82,390 $94,670 $79,630
Michigan $43,330 $62,340 $75,180 $60,300
Minnesota $58,630 $70,440 $86,490 $70,120
Mississippi $29,600 $51,630 $69,240 $50,240
Missouri $52,310 $68,880 $94,210 $70,250
Montana $53,920 $68,770 $83,570 $67,510
Nebraska $46,460 $64,270 $81,170 $63,200
Nevada $66,700 $86,470 $108,460 $85,850
New Hampshire $64,290 $80,530 $93,580 $78,680
New Jersey $66,050 $83,170 $93,800 $80,460
New Mexico $43,230 $69,680 $102,260 $70,600
New York $49,460 $67,770 $89,770 $67,450
North Carolina $51,200 $67,010 $85,230 $66,360
North Dakota $49,300 $63,770 $75,670 $62,490
Ohio $50,420 $65,550 $80,580 $64,960
Oklahoma $30,550 $64,840 $93,580 $61,830
Oregon $64,930 $81,470 $94,350 $79,650
Pennsylvania $41,990 $60,730 $81,240 $60,940
Rhode Island $61,680 $70,020 $87,200 $71,000
South Carolina $38,610 $55,120 $73,530 $55,070
South Dakota $49,810 $60,630 $73,450 $60,420
Tennessee $42,130 $64,210 $80,570 $62,640
Texas $53,160 $71,230 $91,350 $71,010
Utah $55,710 $69,080 $81,730 $67,970
Vermont $52,250 $66,900 $87,740 $67,530
Virginia $53,360 $81,110 $107,800 $79,230
Washington $76,850 $91,960 $116,460 $92,610
West Virginia $38,760 $51,480 $67,590 $51,510
Wisconsin $49,280 $64,180 $74,970 $62,420
Wyoming $52,580 $66,940 $85,460 $67,400