Dental Hygienist Salary

Dental Hygienist Salary
September 27 11:22 2016 Print This Article

A dental hygienist salary, or commonly referred to as an oral hygienist, makes on average $71,530. However, the dental hygienist salary for dental hygienists belonging in the lowest 10% bracket of the salary spectrum make an estimated $47,880 ($23.02 per hour) or less. Meanwhile, in the highest 10% bracket of the salary spectrum, dental hygienist salary raises to $96,690 ($46.49 per hour) with possible increase. Based on a study done from 2013, the mean of dental hygienist salaries was $71,530 per year ($34.39 per hour) from the 192,330 dental hygienists that took part in the study.

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Dental hygienist salary increases based on what kind of facility they’re working in and the location of it. For example, the dental hygienist’s salary will be significantly higher if they were working in areas like Santa Cruz, Vallejo, San Francisco and Los Angeles. These dental hygienist salaries will be much higher than those working out of Canada for example.

A dental hygienist salary may depend and vary however on the following factors;

  • Experience – average of $95,000 per year. Raises with the level of experience.
  • Industry – a dentist’s office is the typical sought after industry for graduates which will earn them a dental hygienist salary of $71,860 per year.
  • Location – since 2013, Columbia has been deemed the highest paying state for dental hygienist salaries with an average of $93,940. Runner up states include Washington and California. However, California has a higher demand for dental hygienists. California also has the four highest paying metropolitan areas.

When we look at the healthcare industry, dental hygienists are being paid more than most other careers in the industry. For example, a dental hygienist salary is more than that of a pharmacy technicians, dental assistants and medical assistants. With that being said, a dental hygienist salary is far less than that of a dentist, pharmacist or family physician.

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