Friday, February 19, 2021

20 Best Metro Areas for Dental Hygienist Pay

As examined in Dental Hygienist Pay in the Top 20 Metropolitan Markets, the biggest U.S. metropolitan markets are major centers for dental hygienist employment. That fact notwithstanding, a deeper dive into U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data reveals that smaller metro areas are where dental hygienists frequently find better pay, sometimes a whole lot better.  Indeed, a review of BLS data from May 2019 shows us that just four of the top 20 U.S. metropolitan areas were among the 20 best metro areas for dental hygienist pay:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA N/A $140,150
2 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,880 $120,420
3 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (#) 4,170 $113,940
4 Santa Rosa, CA 550 $113,390
5 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA N/A $112,700
6 Fairbanks, AK 60 $111,830
7 Napa, CA 170 $110,520
8 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 340 $110,020
9 Anchorage, AK 330 $109,470
10 Madera, CA N/A $108,460
11 Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 240 $106,960
12 Modesto, CA 220 $106,520
13 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 780 $106,140
14 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario (#) 1,860 $105,990
15 Chico, CA 190 $103,930
16 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim (#) 6,660 $103,350
17 Salinas, CA 320 $103,290
18 San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (#) 1,790 $101,270
19 Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade 1,810 $101,030
20 Wenatchee, WA 80 $99,620
National 221,560 $77,230

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

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