Dental Hygienists Salary Information

The salary statistics of dental hygienists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of dental hygienists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The dental hygienists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Dental Hygienists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$50,870
25th Percentile Wage
$60,500
50th Percentile Wage
$72,910
75th Percentile Wage
$86,390
90th Percentile Wage
$100,170

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for dental hygienists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) dental hygienists is $100,170. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $72,910. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $50,870. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 96% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of dental hygienists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201672,9100.80%3.70%
201572,3301.12%-
201471,5200.57%-
201371,1101.27%-
201270,210--

Table 2. Dental Hygienists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of dental hygienists in 5 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for dental hygienists occupations is the health care and social assistance sector with an annual salary $73,100. The lowest paying sector is the federal, state, and local government sector (annual salary $57,790).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Health Care and Social Assistance
$73,100
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$72,140
Finance and Insurance
$71,450
Educational Services
$63,300
Federal, State, and Local Government
$57,790

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Dental Hygienists by States

From the above tables we note that not only dental hygienists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of dental hygienists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $31,160 to $106,530. The highest paying state for dental hygienists is Alaska with a median annual salary of $106,530. The lowest paying state is Guam with a median annual salary of $31,160. For more salary information of dental hygienists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$106,530
District of Columbia
$105,570
California
$96,310
Washington
$92,340
Nevada
$89,680
Arizona
$88,340
New Jersey
$87,110
Maryland
$86,350
New Mexico
$85,060
Connecticut
$84,000
Massachusetts
$82,870
Colorado
$82,500
Virginia
$81,210
Oregon
$78,300
New Hampshire
$76,300
New York
$75,390
Rhode Island
$74,160
Idaho
$74,150
Oklahoma
$74,110
Hawaii
$73,970
Illinois
$73,800
Texas
$73,500
Delaware
$72,840
Minnesota
$72,270
Montana
$71,310
Utah
$71,070
Missouri
$70,390
Iowa
$70,240
Wyoming
$69,490
Indiana
$69,360
North Carolina
$68,760
Ohio
$68,550
Nebraska
$67,700
Georgia
$67,290
Arkansas
$67,160
Vermont
$66,700
Tennessee
$66,320
Kansas
$65,260
Florida
$64,870
Wisconsin
$64,170
Virgin Islands
$63,820
North Dakota
$63,650
Pennsylvania
$63,030
Michigan
$61,190
Maine
$60,600
Kentucky
$58,190
Mississippi
$58,110
South Carolina
$57,630
South Dakota
$57,390
West Virginia
$54,760
Louisiana
$52,560
Alabama
$45,380
Guam
$31,160



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