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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Dental Hygienists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$51,180
25th Percentile Wage
$61,230
50th Percentile Wage
$74,070
75th Percentile Wage
$88,820
90th Percentile Wage
$101,330

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 $101,330. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $74,070. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $51,180. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 97% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of dental hygienists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$74,070
1.57% 5.21%
2016
$72,910
0.80% -
2015
$72,330
1.12% -
2014
$71,520
0.57% -
2013
$71,110
1.27% -
2012
$70,210
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Table 2. Dental Hygienists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of dental hygienists in 7 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 finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $77,620. The lowest paying sector is the federal, state, and local government sector (annual salary $58,940).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$77,620
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$76,190
Health Care and Social Assistance
$74,270
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$73,110
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$70,380
Educational Services
$64,900
Federal, State, and Local Government
$58,940

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 $46,430 to $110,350. The highest paying state for dental hygienists is Alaska with a median annual salary of $110,350. The lowest paying state is Alabama with a median annual salary of $46,430. For more salary information of dental hygienists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$110,350
California
$99,210
Washington
$92,600
Maryland
$89,570
Arizona
$89,370
District of Columbia
$88,760
Nevada
$88,480
New Jersey
$88,280
Connecticut
$86,110
Colorado
$84,800
Massachusetts
$84,500
Oregon
$83,050
Virginia
$82,400
New Mexico
$81,420
New York
$77,510
Delaware
$76,490
New Hampshire
$76,030
Hawaii
$75,770
Idaho
$74,780
Oklahoma
$74,580
Texas
$74,480
Rhode Island
$74,170
Illinois
$73,530
Montana
$73,330
Minnesota
$72,870
Utah
$71,760
Wyoming
$71,660
Missouri
$70,860
Arkansas
$70,090
North Carolina
$70,030
Vermont
$69,650
Iowa
$69,650
Indiana
$69,340
Kansas
$68,220
Ohio
$68,100
Georgia
$67,610
North Dakota
$66,470
Nebraska
$66,380
Tennessee
$65,870
Wisconsin
$65,220
Florida
$64,880
Pennsylvania
$64,520
Virgin Islands
$63,820
South Dakota
$63,240
Michigan
$62,050
South Carolina
$61,190
Maine
$60,870
Kentucky
$59,360
Guam
$58,270
Mississippi
$58,080
Louisiana
$56,410
West Virginia
$54,640
Alabama
$46,430



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