Salary for Dental Hygienists

Also known as:  Dental Hygienist, Oral Hygienist, RDH, Registered Dental Hygienist

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Oral hygiene, disease prevention, and the early detection of conditions such as oral cancer are a part of the work of dental hygienists. These professionals perform dental cleanings, take x-rays, apply fluoride treatments, give advice on oral care, and feel the gums for sores or other signs of periodontal disease. Additionally, they may sharpen and sterilize dental instruments, and chart dental decay. An Associate's degree is required for this profession, but many dental hygienists also have Bachelor's degrees.

A Dental Hygienist will most likely earn wages in a range of 48000 to 72000 depending on the level of experience. Dental Hygienists can get a salary of Sixty Eight Thousand Nine Hundred dollars per year.

Dental Hygienists can expect the highest salaries in Alaska, where they can receive compensation, on average, of approximately $96280. These professionals have the most lucrative average salary level in Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services, where they receive compensation, on average, of $68850.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 15.80 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Dental Hygienists tend to make the most in the following industries
Health Care and Social Assistance $68,850
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $66,220
Finance and Insurance $65,520
Educational Services $59,200
Other Services (except Public Administration) $56,180
Public Administration $54,150
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Public Administration $54,150
Other Services (except Public Administration) $56,180
Educational Services $59,200
Finance and Insurance $65,520
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $66,220
Health Care and Social Assistance $68,850
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