Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Dental Hygienists, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.
To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer dental hygienists the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where dental hygienists get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.
So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for dental hygienists.The result is this list of the best cities dental hygienists:
So there you have it — Santa Cruz is the best city when it comes to being a dental hygienist.
And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a dental hygienist? That would be Lake Charles.
Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for dental hygienists and for more on the top ten cities.
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best cities for dental hygienists in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well dental hygienists get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
This left us with enough data for 377 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.
In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 377 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for dental hygienists in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for dental hygienists.
Total Jobs: 340
Average Annual Salary: $98,300
Average Entry Level Salary: $81,040
Location Quotient: 2.57
Total Jobs: 120
Average Annual Salary: $91,420
Average Entry Level Salary: $82,670
Location Quotient: 1.74
Total Jobs: 130
Average Annual Salary: $87,100
Average Entry Level Salary: $73,370
Location Quotient: 1.63
Total Jobs: 80
Average Annual Salary: $98,630
Average Entry Level Salary: $81,670
Location Quotient: 1.62
Total Jobs: 110
Average Annual Salary: $91,260
Average Entry Level Salary: $69,060
Location Quotient: 2.13
Total Jobs: 200
Average Annual Salary: $94,990
Average Entry Level Salary: $81,260
Location Quotient: 1.89
Total Jobs: 280
Average Annual Salary: $85,050
Average Entry Level Salary: $70,440
Location Quotient: 2.38
Total Jobs: 230
Average Annual Salary: $91,010
Average Entry Level Salary: $81,030
Location Quotient: 1.56
Total Jobs: 80
Average Annual Salary: $85,460
Average Entry Level Salary: $66,710
Location Quotient: 2.46
Total Jobs: 130
Average Annual Salary: $87,850
Average Entry Level Salary: $75,810
Location Quotient: 1.54
If you’re looking to start out your career as a dental hygienist these are the cities that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst cities to be a dental hygienist in America:
|1||Santa Cruz, CA||$98,300|
|2||Mount Vernon, WA||$91,420|
|3||Coeur d’Alene, ID||$87,100|
|9||Grants Pass, OR||$85,460|
|14||Boise City, ID||$70,780|
|17||San Luis Obispo, CA||$93,370|
|19||Idaho Falls, ID||$73,220|
|27||South Bend, IN||$69,840|
|28||Las Cruces, NM||$81,800|
|32||Lake Havasu City, AZ||$76,560|
|37||Walla Walla, WA||$82,370|
|47||Barnstable Town, MA||$85,330|
|49||Santa Fe, NM||$78,720|
|54||Cape Girardeau, MO||$69,190|
|58||St. George, UT||$66,580|
|59||Yuba City, CA||$89,490|
|63||San Francisco, CA||$108,790|
|71||San Jose, CA||$95,710|
|73||Sierra Vista, AZ||$88,090|
|76||Santa Maria, CA||$93,950|
|77||Fort Worth, TX||$78,160|
|81||Grand Forks, ND||$63,130|
|94||Dutchess County, NY||$75,780|
|95||San Antonio, TX||$70,260|