Dental Hygienist Salaries

Dental Hygieinist Salaries
Median annual dental hygienist salaries were about $68,000 in May 2010.  The lowest 10 percent earned a dental hygienist salary of less than about $45,000 and the highest 10 percent earned more than about $94,000.

Pay for dental hygienists may be for each hour worked, each day worked, on a regular yearly salary, or on commission. Some dental hygienists also get benefits, such as vacation, sick leave, and contributions to their retirement fund. However, benefits vary by employer and may be available only to full-time workers.

Dental hygienist wages in industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment  Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Offices of Dentists 176,670 21.14 $33.69 $70,070
Offices of Physicians 1,860 0.08 $30.84 $64,160
Employment Services 1,240 0.04 $31.10 $64,690
Outpatient Care Centers 690 0.11 $33.28 $69,220
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 590 0.03 $25.94 $53,960

   

Dental hygienist pay in industries with the highest concentration of employment for dental hygienists: 

Industry Employment  Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage 
Offices of Dentists 176,670 21.14 $33.69 $70,070
Outpatient Care Centers 690 0.11 $33.28 $69,220
Offices of Physicians 1,860 0.08 $30.84 $64,160
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 470 0.07 $32.07 $66,710
Employment Services 1,240 0.04 $31.10 $64,690

 Dental hygienist earnings for top paying industries in May 2011 were:

Industry Employment  Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Facilities Support Services 40 0.03 $35.89 $74,650
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 60 0.02 $34.03 $70,790
Offices of Dentists 176,670 21.14 $33.69 $70,070
Outpatient Care Centers 690 0.11 $33.28 $69,220
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 470 0.07 $32.07 $66,710



Dental hygienist salaries by state are shown in the following Bureau of labor Statistics map: 




 


Information on this page summarized from:
(1)  Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Dental Hygienists,
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-hygienists.htm
(2) Salary map from
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011, 29-2021 Dental Hygienists, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292021.htm
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