The 10 Best States For Dental Hygienists In 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Dental Hygienists are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as dental hygienists in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.

Since dental hygienists are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where dental hygienists have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.

To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for dental hygienists.

After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s dental hygienists:

  1. Alaska
  2. Idaho
  3. Washington
  4. Colorado
  5. Arizona
  6. Nevada
  7. Texas
  8. Utah
  9. Delaware
  10. Minnesota

So there you have it — Dental Hygienists is the best of the best when it comes to being a dental hygienist.

How did Dental Hygienists end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for dental hygienists and for more on the top ten states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined the best states to be a dental hygienist

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
  • Higher Pay

So in order to find out the best states 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 2018:

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

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.

Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for dental hygienists in California is $100,830 and the average salary in Illinois is $72,640, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.

In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for dental hygienists in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for dental hygienists.

1. Alaska

Best States For Dental Hygienists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 600
Average Annual Salary: $114,320
Average Entry Level Salary: $86,080
Average Experienced Salary: $149,460
Location Quotient: 1.27

2. Idaho

Best States For Dental Hygienists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,700
Average Annual Salary: $74,430
Average Entry Level Salary: $61,000
Average Experienced Salary: $95,260
Location Quotient: 1.62

3. Washington

Best States For Dental Hygienists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,010
Average Annual Salary: $90,690
Average Entry Level Salary: $64,700
Average Experienced Salary: $118,260
Location Quotient: 1.24

4. Colorado

Best States For Dental Hygienists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,470
Average Annual Salary: $84,510
Average Entry Level Salary: $68,160
Average Experienced Salary: $101,520
Location Quotient: 1.15

5. Arizona

Best States For Dental Hygienists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,200
Average Annual Salary: $85,890
Average Entry Level Salary: $66,230
Average Experienced Salary: $101,700
Location Quotient: 0.77

6. Nevada

Best States For Dental Hygienists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,540
Average Annual Salary: $81,270
Average Entry Level Salary: $55,070
Average Experienced Salary: $101,760
Location Quotient: 1.27

7. Texas

Best States For Dental Hygienists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 13,850
Average Annual Salary: $75,300
Average Entry Level Salary: $55,790
Average Experienced Salary: $97,920
Location Quotient: 0.77

8. Utah

Best States For Dental Hygienists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,860
Average Annual Salary: $69,490
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,220
Average Experienced Salary: $83,430
Location Quotient: 1.32

9. Delaware

Best States For Dental Hygienists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 650
Average Annual Salary: $78,550
Average Entry Level Salary: $65,450
Average Experienced Salary: $98,120
Location Quotient: 0.97

10. Minnesota

Best States For Dental Hygienists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,160
Average Annual Salary: $74,240
Average Entry Level Salary: $60,540
Average Experienced Salary: $93,670
Location Quotient: 1.21

There You Have It – The Best States To Be A Dental Hygienist

If you’re looking to start out your career as a dental hygienist these are the states 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 states to be a dental hygienist in America:

  1. Hawaii
  2. New York
  3. Louisiana

Detailed List Of The Best States For dental hygienists

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Alaska $114,320 $86,080 600
2 Idaho $74,430 $61,000 1,700
3 Washington $90,690 $64,700 6,010
4 Colorado $84,510 $68,160 4,470
5 Arizona $85,890 $66,230 3,200
6 Nevada $81,270 $55,070 2,540
7 Texas $75,300 $55,790 13,850
8 Utah $69,490 $53,220 2,860
9 Delaware $78,550 $65,450 650
10 Minnesota $74,240 $60,540 5,160
11 Oregon $85,280 $68,840 3,630
12 Illinois $72,640 $50,760 9,450
13 Michigan $64,130 $51,620 9,510
14 Virginia $79,640 $50,880 5,990
15 Wyoming $69,620 $55,320 440
16 Montana $74,350 $62,950 730
17 Oklahoma $73,990 $44,340 2,310
18 Indiana $68,000 $45,940 4,900
19 Arkansas $71,090 $47,990 1,370
20 Missouri $68,820 $51,050 3,960
21 Iowa $68,870 $54,830 2,240
22 Ohio $68,310 $53,260 8,930
23 New Hampshire $79,560 $65,770 1,360
24 North Carolina $69,500 $52,500 6,670
25 New Mexico $75,860 $45,430 1,040
26 North Dakota $72,580 $55,500 590
27 California $100,830 $72,630 22,240
28 Kansas $64,980 $43,590 2,280
29 Tennessee $66,290 $46,040 3,770
30 Georgia $65,650 $43,250 6,910
31 Wisconsin $65,540 $52,680 4,810
32 New Jersey $85,860 $68,660 6,290
33 Rhode Island $74,650 $64,420 1,270
34 Pennsylvania $67,010 $50,610 9,640
35 Nebraska $65,870 $50,070 1,180
36 Connecticut $83,630 $55,770 3,990
37 Vermont $72,490 $56,420 680
38 Massachusetts $82,750 $66,270 5,900
39 Maine $65,500 $54,050 1,040
40 Kentucky $59,910 $47,790 2,150
41 Maryland $85,240 $58,410 3,670
42 West Virginia $57,740 $40,060 1,080
43 Mississippi $57,860 $39,510 1,320
44 South Dakota $64,580 $47,630 650
45 Alabama $46,500 $33,410 3,490
46 South Carolina $61,440 $43,650 2,900
47 Florida $64,070 $38,470 11,110
48 Louisiana $59,810 $35,870 1,950
49 New York $76,280 $54,530 11,300
50 Hawaii $77,920 $65,690 900
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