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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of dental hygienists from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
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|
|District of Columbia|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|New York|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|West Virginia|| |