Dental hygienists are below average when it comes to happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, dental hygienists rate their career happiness 3.1 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 39% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy dental hygienists are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Clinical psychologist
3.3
$78k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are dental hygienists happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do dental hygienists find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as dental hygienists?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are dental hygienist’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are dental hygienists making the best use of their abilities?

Are dental hygienists happy with their salary?