Dental hygienist earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Dental hygienist salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $106,530
California $96,310
New Mexico $85,060
Washington $92,340
Nevada $89,680
New Jersey $87,110
Arizona $88,340
Connecticut $84,000
Maryland $86,350
Virginia $81,210
Massachusetts $82,870
Colorado $82,500
Oregon $78,300
New Hampshire $76,300
New York $75,390
Hawaii $73,970
Rhode Island $74,160
Idaho $74,150
Illinois $73,800
Texas $73,500
Delaware $72,840
Minnesota $72,270
Oklahoma $74,110
Montana $71,310
Missouri $70,390
Iowa $70,240
Wyoming $69,490
Utah $71,070
North Carolina $68,760
Ohio $68,550
Indiana $69,360
Nebraska $67,700
Kansas $65,260
North Dakota $63,650
Arkansas $67,160
Tennessee $66,320
Georgia $67,290
Vermont $66,700
Pennsylvania $63,030
Wisconsin $64,170
Florida $64,870
Maine $60,600
Michigan $61,190
South Carolina $57,630
Kentucky $58,190
Mississippi $58,110
South Dakota $57,390
Louisiana $52,560
West Virginia $54,760
Alabama $45,380

How much does a Dental Hygienist earn?

Dental hygienists enjoy a comfortable salary and a number of benefits, considering that half of them work part-time. In 2014, their median salary was $71,520. The best-paid earned about $97,390, and the bottom 10 percent earned $49,190. The top-paying industry for dental hygienists, according to the US Department of Labor, was ambulatory healthcare service providers where dental hygienists earned an annual, average salary of $83,360 per year.

Dental hygienists may be paid by the hour, they may be salary-based, or their earnings may vary based on their production:

Base hourly plus commission: This guarantees dental hygienists a minimum salary, while also providing them with incentive for efficient production.

Straight Commission: Dental hygienists may be put in a financially risky situation, particularly in a new practice or one that is not always busy. However, dental hygienists may earn about 33 percent of total hygiene production, thereby opening up the door for a higher salary than those paid a straight hourly salary.

Hourly plus bonus system: Bonuses for dental hygienists are commonplace, and many dentists use them as incentives for efficient production. Bonuses often equal between 10 and 20 percent of total services performed and billed for.

Dental Hygienist Compensation by Geographical Region

Dental hygienist salaries in the United States also vary slightly according to geographical location. District of Columbia’s dental hygienists earn the highest average salary at $93,940, followed closely by California’s dental hygienists who earn an average of $93,920, and Washington State’s dental hygienists who earn $92,610 on average.

The state of California tends to compensate their dental hygienists particularly well, especially in the metropolitan areas of San Francisco and Sacramento. The highest paid in the dental hygienist profession work in the metropolitan areas of San Francisco, Sacramento, California, and Corvallis, Oregon. The Mount Vernon, Washington area also pays well, as does the city of Santa Cruz, California.

How do dental hygienist salaries compare to similar careers?

Dental hygienists earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than psychologists but more than cardiovascular technologists and technicians.

Career Median Salary
Psychologist salary $57K
Speech language pathologist salary $60K
Orthotist and prosthetist salary $66K
Magnetic resonance imaging technologist salary $70K
Diagnostic medical sonographer salary $60K
Dental hygienist salary $61K
Healthcare social worker salary $45K
Registered nurse salary $56K
Biomedical engineer salary $57K
Cardiovascular technologist and technician salary $55K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)