Dental Hygienist Salary

What is the average annual salary for Dental Hygienist?

How much does a Dental Hygienist make?

The median annual Dental Hygienist salary is $71,092, as of March 01, 2018, with a range usually between $61,023$80,924, however, this can vary widely depending on a variety of factors. Our team of Certified Compensation Professionals has analyzed survey data collected from thousands of HR departments at companies of all sizes and industries to present this range of annual salaries for people with the job title Dental Hygienist in the United States.


Dental hygienists


Health technologists and technicians


Total, all occupations



Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

The median annual wage for dental hygienists was $72,910. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $50,870, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $100,170.

The median annual wages for dental hygienists in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Offices of dentists $73,190
Offices of physicians 69,410
Government 57,790

Benefits, such as vacation, sick leave, and retirement contributions vary by employer and may be available only to full-time workers.

About half of dental hygienists worked part-time. Dentists often hire hygienists to work only a few days a week, so some hygienists work for more than one dentist.

Duties of Dental Hygienists
Dental hygienists typically do the following:

Remove tartar, stains, and plaque from teeth
Apply sealants and fluorides to help protect teeth
Take and develop dental x rays
Assess patients’ oral health and report findings to dentists
Document patient care and treatment plans
Educate patients about oral hygiene techniques, such as how to brush and floss correctly.



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