Dental Hygienist Salary

Dental Hygienist cleaning teeth.  Hygienist's help maintain oral health by cleaning teeth and assisting the dentist with a variety of procedures.

Dental Hygienist cleaning teeth.  Hygienist's help maintain oral health by cleaning teeth and assisting the dentist with a variety of procedures.

The median Dental Hygienist Salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. Dental Hygienists work in a number of settings including hospitals, dental clinics and schools. The salaries of Dental Hygienists vary depending on the location and the setting. The assumption was made that the Dental Hygienists reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year.

Hourly

Dental Hygienists average salary is $33.75 per hour. The lowest 10% earn $26.38 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $46 per hour.

Annually

On an annual basis the average Dental Hygienist salary is $70,210. The lowest 10% earn $46,500 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $96,000 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average

Median Hourly & Annual Data

 

Hourly Wage

$22.38

$27.95

$33.75

$40.66

$46.29

Annual Wage

$46,540

$58,130

$70,210

$84,570

$96,280

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Lowest and Highest Dental Hygienist Salary

The lowest paid Dental Hygienists earn less than $46,000 annually while the highest paid Dental Hygienists earn as much as $112,000 per year.

Top 5 States

The best paying states for dental hygienists to earn a salary are California $93,280, Nevada $91,350, Washington $90,540, District of Columbia $88,320, and Connecticut $84,320.

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The 5 best city or metropolitan areas to earn a Dental Hygienist salary are San Francisco CA $107,000, Vallejo-Fairfield CA $104,200, Santa Rosa CA $101,500, Santa Cruz CA $101,350, and New Haven CT 101,000.

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Canada Dental Hygienist Salary

In Canada a dental hygienist earns an average of $35.00 CAD per hour.  The range is from $25.00 to $48.00 CAD per hour.  The average yearly dental hygienist salary in Canada is $72,800 CAD.  At current exchange rates this is approximately $65,520 in U.S. dollars.


United Kingdom (UK) Salary

In the United Kingdom (UK) a dental hygienist earns an average of
£25.00 GBP per hour.  The range is from £19.00 to £34.25 GBP per hour.  The average yearly dental hygienist salary in the United Kingdom is £52,000 GBP. In the U.S. that converts to approximately $88,400 USD.  

Australia Salary

In Australia a dental hygienist earns an average of $42.00 AUD per hour. The hourly range is from $27.00 to $56.00 AUD.  The average yearly dental hygienist salary in Australia (AUS) is $87,360 AUD.  At current exchange rates this is approximately $78,624 USD.

Employment Data

There are over 190,000 dental hygienists working in the U.S. according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The job growth projections for dental hygienist salary are expected to grow more than 20% for the next several years according to O-Net Online.    


Where They Work

Of all the Dental Hygienists employed in the United States over 182,000 work in dental offices earning $71,000 annually. Less than 2,000 work for employment services earning $69,700 per year. Physicians offices employ about 2,000 dental hygienists who earn $65,000 per year. 

Government services, outpatient care centers, and research employ a small number of dental hygienists.

Self-Employment or Private Practice

A number of states have passed legislation allowing Dental Hygienists to practice independently without the supervision of a dentist. The numbers working in private practice are still very small. There are over 190,000 dental hygienists working in the U.S. according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Approximately 96% of them are listed as working in dental offices.  

Benefits

Fringe benefits are going to be similar to those offered by small businesses or single proprietor businesses. A typical benefits package is worth over $20,000 per year.




International Salary

Canada Dental Hygienist Salary[1]

Dental hygienist in Canada - A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $60,000 – $70,000.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average wages are earned in Calgary, Alberta at $53 per hour and the lowest average wages are earned in Montreal, Quebec at $17 per hour.

Government labor market data indicates that the number of job seekers will be sufficient to fill job vacancies in these occupations for the near future.


United Kingdom (UK) Salary[2]

The pay system in the NHS is called Agenda for Change (AfC). Dental hygienists are usually on AfC band 5, earning between £21,388 and £27,901. With experience this could rise to band 6, earning between £25,783 and £34,530. In the private sector the average yearly dental hygienist salary could go up to £52,000 GBP.

Australia Salary[3]

Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists provide specialized dental services to patients. They may perform restorative or preventative procedures for health or cosmetic needs as well as educate patients and communities on proper dental hygiene. They may also construct dental products such as dentures for patients.

  • Starting salary: $52,000 P/A
  • Senior salary: $75,000 P/A
  • Average salary: $65,000 P/AWages will vary according to your level of skill, experience and employer
  • Employment level:7,200 as of November 2012 (Projected employment levels in 2017 of 8,300)
  • Average weekly hours: Average weekly hours worked for full time Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists is 41.8 hours
  • Employment by region: The top three regions for employment as a Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapist include:VIC: 26.5%QLD: 22.9%NSW: 22.3%

[1] http://www.livingin-canada.com/salaries-for-dental-hygienists-and-dental-therapists.html [2] https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/planning/jobprofiles/Pages/dentalhygienist.aspx [3] http://www.open.edu.au/careers/healthcare-medical-pharmaceuticals/dental-hygienists-technicians-therapists



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