Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Dental Hygienist Pay in the Top 20 Metro Areas

Most dental hygienists work in dental offices, with smaller numbers found working with employment agencies, in physician offices, and in outpatient care centers. 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. 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 region-to-region, with dental hygienists in some regions making double what their counterparts made elsewhere. As of May 2019, BLS data shows the following about dental hygienist pay in the top 20 metro areas in the United States:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 New York-Newark-Jersey City 12,010 $86,990
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 6,660 $103,350
3 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin 7,380 $74,050
4 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 5,060 $81,030
5 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,190 $73,100
6 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria 4,260 $90,650
7 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach 3,410 $58,520
8 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington 4,180 $78,450
9 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta 3,720 $67,680
10 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler 2,540 $86,110
11 Boston-Cambridge-Newton 4,760 $84,910
12 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley 4,170 $113,940
13 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 1,860 $105,990
14 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn 4,250 $67,130
15 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 3,770 $94,930
16 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington 3,430 $76,940
17 San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad 1,790 $101,270
18 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 1,750 $76,530
19 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 2,420 $90,030
20 St. Louis 2,480 $65,120
National 221,560 $77,230

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on November 28, 2020