Dental hygienist earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Dental hygienist salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $116,730
California $102,510
Washington $92,820
Arizona $86,613
New Jersey $88,300
Oregon $86,160
Maryland $89,380
Colorado $86,850
Connecticut $87,890
Massachusetts $83,880
Nevada $87,850
District of Columbia $85,560
Virginia $81,240
New Hampshire $78,340
Hawaii $77,920
Delaware $77,820
Arkansas $72,500
New York $77,210
New Mexico $76,300
Idaho $74,430
Texas $75,640
Rhode Island $73,890
Montana $74,230
Minnesota $73,740
Oklahoma $77,180
North Dakota $72,060
Vermont $71,030
Wyoming $70,340
North Carolina $70,720
Utah $71,380
Tennessee $66,290
Iowa $67,710
Missouri $70,080
Indiana $65,121
Ohio $69,140
Kansas $63,665
Nebraska $67,450
Georgia $66,330
Wisconsin $66,180
Maine $64,050
South Dakota $65,790
Michigan $64,660
Pennsylvania $62,422
Florida $66,470
Illinois $60,139
South Carolina $60,240
Kentucky $59,910
Louisiana $60,560
Guam $57,350
Mississippi $58,510
West Virginia $56,600
Alabama $44,581

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 audiologists but more than diagnostic medical sonographers.

Career Median Salary
Audiologist salary $76K
Nurse educator salary $73K
Genetic counselor salary $80K
Speech language pathologist salary $78K
Nuclear medicine technologist salary $77K
Dental hygienist salary $75K
Clinical nurse specialist salary $72K
Acute care nurse practitioner salary $72K
Orthotist and prosthetist salary $69K
Diagnostic medical sonographer salary $73K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)