Friday, April 19, 2024

The Best and Worst States for Dental Hygienist Pay

There were approximately 211,600 dental hygienists at work in the U.S. as of May 2023 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, physician offices, and 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 2023, the national mean wage for dental hygienists was $89,890 annually.  Pay for the profession varies widely from state to state, with dental hygienists in some states making more than twice what their counterparts made elsewhere.  As of May 2023, according to BLS data, these were the best and worst states for dental hygienist pay based on annual mean wage levels:

Best Paying States
Washington $123,510
California $118,330
Alaska $115,980
District of Columbia $113,600
Oregon $103,440
Colorado $101,790
Maryland $101,140
Delaware $98,660
Massachusetts $96,410
New Jersey $95,700

Worst Paying States
Utah $78,910
Arkansas $78,040
Pennsylvania $77,010
South Carolina $76,950
Michigan $76,800
Tennessee $75,920
Kentucky $73,850
West Virginia $68,820
Mississippi $62,120
Alabama $54,460

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on April 15, 2024