Thursday, October 14, 2021

Dental Hygienist Pay in the Southeastern U.S

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data published this past summer put dental hygienist (DH) employment in the United States at about 195,000 as of May 2020.  At that time, the twelve-state Southeastern U.S. was home to approximately 48,600 employed dental hygienists according to the BLS.  BLS data shows the region to be the worst in the nation for dental hygienist pay.  Although Virginia DHs earned an average annual mean wage that was 15th best in the nation, every other state in the Southeast had an annual mean wage level for dental hygienists that was below the national average.  Moreover, eight Southeastern states ranked among the ten worst states in the nation for dental hygienist annual mean wage levels.  A deeper examination of May 2020 BLS data shows the following about dental hygienist pay in the Southeastern U.S.:

Dental Hygienist Pay in the Southeastern U.S
Dental Hygienist Pay in the Southeastern U.S

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AL 3,670 $49,200 51st
AR 1,560 $65,730 46th
FL 11,830 $67,870 41st
GA 5,690 $66,330 43rd
KY 2,130 $61,140 49th
LA 2,340 $69,980 34th
MS 1,180 $56,650 50th
NC 6,700 $71,140 31st
SC 3,500 $61,360 48th
TN 4,020 $65,820 45th
VA 5,040 $82,530 15th
WV 980 $61,530 47th
U.S. 194,830 $78,050 -------

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states and the District of Columbia

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on May 17, 2021

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