These Are The 10 Best Cities For Dental Hygienists

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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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:

  1. Santa Cruz, CA
  2. Mount Vernon, WA
  3. Coeur D’Alene, ID
  4. Longview, WA
  5. Corvallis, OR
  6. Chico, CA
  7. Medford, OR
  8. Olympia, WA
  9. Grants Pass, OR
  10. Prescott, AZ

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.

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How we determined the best cities to be a dental hygienists?




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:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Pay

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:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given city.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.

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.

1. Santa Cruz, CA

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 340
Average Annual Salary: $98,300
Average Entry Level Salary: $81,040
Location Quotient: 2.57

2. Mount Vernon, WA

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 120
Average Annual Salary: $91,420
Average Entry Level Salary: $82,670
Location Quotient: 1.74

3. Coeur D’Alene, ID

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Total Jobs: 130
Average Annual Salary: $87,100
Average Entry Level Salary: $73,370
Location Quotient: 1.63

4. Longview, WA

Best States For Dental Hygienists

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 80
Average Annual Salary: $98,630
Average Entry Level Salary: $81,670
Location Quotient: 1.62

5. Corvallis, OR

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 110
Average Annual Salary: $91,260
Average Entry Level Salary: $69,060
Location Quotient: 2.13

6. Chico, CA

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 200
Average Annual Salary: $94,990
Average Entry Level Salary: $81,260
Location Quotient: 1.89

7. Medford, OR

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 280
Average Annual Salary: $85,050
Average Entry Level Salary: $70,440
Location Quotient: 2.38

8. Olympia, WA

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 230
Average Annual Salary: $91,010
Average Entry Level Salary: $81,030
Location Quotient: 1.56

9. Grants Pass, OR

Best States For Dental Hygienists

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 80
Average Annual Salary: $85,460
Average Entry Level Salary: $66,710
Location Quotient: 2.46

10. Prescott, AZ

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 130
Average Annual Salary: $87,850
Average Entry Level Salary: $75,810
Location Quotient: 1.54

And that’s our list of the best cities for dental hygienists

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. Lake Charles, LA
  2. Shreveport, LA
  3. Racine, WI

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Dental Hygienists

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Santa Cruz, CA $98,300 $81,040 340
2 Mount Vernon, WA $91,420 $82,670 120
3 Coeur d’Alene, ID $87,100 $73,370 130
4 Longview, WA $98,630 $81,670 80
5 Corvallis, OR $91,260 $69,060 110
6 Chico, CA $94,990 $81,260 200
7 Medford, OR $85,050 $70,440 280
8 Olympia, WA $91,010 $81,030 230
9 Grants Pass, OR $85,460 $66,710 80
10 Prescott, AZ $87,850 $75,810 130
11 Yakima, WA $85,290 $67,520 210
12 Bremerton, WA $96,990 $82,340 160
13 Sacramento, CA $94,910 $80,740 1,970
14 Boise City, ID $70,780 $63,260 730
15 Bend, OR $79,240 $66,740 230
16 Spokane, WA $82,240 $66,130 550
17 San Luis Obispo, CA $93,370 $81,060 240
18 Kennewick, WA $86,100 $69,310 220
19 Idaho Falls, ID $73,220 $56,650 160
20 Eugene, OR $80,790 $65,510 390
21 Columbia, MO $78,520 $66,320 180
22 Elgin, IL $86,380 $66,310 570
23 Provo, UT $75,440 $63,660 480
24 Bellingham, WA $91,610 $79,810 150
25 Lawrence, KS $76,830 $57,110 130
26 Leominster, MA $88,470 $80,500 120
27 South Bend, IN $69,840 $58,650 370
28 Las Cruces, NM $81,800 $54,190 180
29 Pocatello, ID $67,450 $56,310 90
30 Albany, OR $74,980 $65,410 120
31 Lewiston, ID $78,880 $58,880 50
32 Lake Havasu City, AZ $76,560 $64,060 110
33 Haverhill, MA $91,870 $68,650 170
34 Burlington, NC $73,400 $63,270 130
35 Tacoma, WA $86,970 $65,040 520
36 Seattle, WA $91,230 $64,700 2,820
37 Walla Walla, WA $82,370 $68,020 50
38 Jonesboro, AR $70,760 $58,370 100
39 Vallejo, CA $101,640 $80,570 210
40 Gary, IN $70,110 $63,350 510
41 Kokomo, IN $66,920 $54,430 140
42 Denver, CO $81,110 $65,580 2,850
43 Portland, OR $74,690 $64,000 2,480
44 Oakland, CA $102,160 $81,020 1,580
45 Farmington, NM $98,470 $69,070 70
46 Lowell, MA $86,700 $73,270 310
47 Barnstable Town, MA $85,330 $70,130 250
48 Salem, OR $75,340 $63,580 320
49 Santa Fe, NM $78,720 $47,900 200
50 Reno, NV $108,710 $82,840 270
51 California, MD $88,530 $76,650 70
52 Cheyenne, WY $70,250 $54,860 100
53 Bloomington, IN $78,100 $64,310 90
54 Cape Girardeau, MO $69,190 $57,540 70
55 Anchorage, AK $87,970 $66,740 290
56 Framingham, MA $83,390 $68,430 440
57 Boulder, CO $79,530 $62,060 350
58 St. George, UT $66,580 $54,670 160
59 Yuba City, CA $89,490 $81,350 60
60 Hartford, CT $85,130 $67,510 1,360
61 Providence, RI $74,580 $64,680 1,180
62 Newark, NJ $85,360 $70,950 1,920
63 San Francisco, CA $108,790 $77,140 1,310
64 Ogden, UT $68,590 $55,670 480
65 Bismarck, ND $67,930 $53,920 150
66 Nashua, NH $80,760 $59,420 300
67 Abilene, TX $74,820 $64,940 100
68 Redding, CA $88,350 $81,060 80
69 Ames, IA $72,960 $64,380 70
70 Dallas, TX $75,990 $64,530 3,130
71 San Jose, CA $95,710 $71,890 1,340
72 Vineland, NJ $77,380 $65,520 120
73 Sierra Vista, AZ $88,090 $81,260 40
74 Wenatchee, WA $89,440 $69,480 50
75 Naples, FL $79,050 $56,560 250
76 Santa Maria, CA $93,950 $80,480 210
77 Fort Worth, TX $78,160 $64,470 1,170
78 Cincinnati, OH $71,010 $51,460 1,740
79 Camden, NJ $80,980 $67,530 850
80 Evansville, IN $68,590 $54,330 260
81 Grand Forks, ND $63,130 $52,620 120
82 Casper, WY $71,290 $49,520 90
83 Lancaster, PA $68,140 $53,950 570
84 Worcester, MA $79,990 $65,070 710
85 Greeley, CO $75,900 $65,890 170
86 Akron, OH $67,600 $54,810 510
87 Manchester, NH $78,700 $65,470 190
88 Billings, MT $67,730 $49,970 180
89 Parkersburg, WV $61,710 $52,420 80
90 Dayton, OH $70,720 $56,920 510
91 Dover, NH $75,550 $63,420 100
92 Lansing, MI $64,210 $52,470 670
93 Columbus, OH $71,970 $59,690 1,280
94 Dutchess County, NY $75,780 $64,780 490
95 San Antonio, TX $70,260 $57,170 1,530
96 Mansfield, OH $66,670 $53,960 80
97 Oxnard, CA $93,980 $51,880 610
98 Knoxville, TN $74,530 $55,140 520
99 Jackson, MI $68,830 $54,270 120
100 Springfield, MA $83,660 $66,460 610

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