Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The Best and Worst States for Dental Hygienist Pay

There were approximately 221,000 dental hygienists working in the U.S. as of May 2019 according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports.  Most dental hygienists work in dental offices, but small numbers may be found working with employment agencies, in physician offices, and in outpatient care centers. Like many other trained healthcare professionals with advanced technical skills, dental hygienists earn salaries and wages in excess of that earned by workers in most other occupations. Per BLS estimates, as of May 2019, the national mean wage for dental hygienists was $77,230 annually, in comparison to the $53,490 annual mean wage for all occupations in the U.S.  Pay for the profession varies widely from state-to-state, with dental hygienists in some states making double what their counterparts made elsewhere.  As of May 2019, according to BLS data the ten states with the best annual mean salary and wages for dental hygienists were:

Alaska $114,790
California $106,240
Washington $93,200
New Jersey $87,270
Oregon $87,270
Maryland $86,940
Colorado $86,140
Nevada $85,560
Arizona $84,300
Massachusetts $84,280

At the other end of the spectrum, here were the bottom ten states for dental hygienist pay:

Nebraska $66,380
Florida $66,170
Louisiana $65,960
Michigan $65,610
Georgia $65,590
South Carolina $63,710
Kentucky $61,090
West Virginia $60,340
Mississippi $56,150
Alabama $48,090

So where does your state rank for dental hygienists pay?

Check out Dental Hygienist Average Wages by State for more information.