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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of dental hygienists from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|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 $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|
|District of Columbia|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|New York|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|West Virginia|| |