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:
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:
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 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 2016:
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 $94,640 and the average salary in Illinois is $73,290, 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.
Total Jobs: 5,800
Average Annual Salary: $90,150
Average Entry Level Salary: $67,640
Average Experienced Salary: $115,890
Location Quotient: 1.3
Total Jobs: 1,510
Average Annual Salary: $73,630
Average Entry Level Salary: $59,950
Average Experienced Salary: $93,810
Location Quotient: 1.56
Total Jobs: 1,190
Average Annual Salary: $91,080
Average Entry Level Salary: $57,310
Average Experienced Salary: $106,120
Location Quotient: 1.01
Total Jobs: 4,580
Average Annual Salary: $80,150
Average Entry Level Salary: $65,040
Average Experienced Salary: $99,710
Location Quotient: 1.25
Total Jobs: 480
Average Annual Salary: $102,890
Average Entry Level Salary: $82,300
Average Experienced Salary: $125,920
Location Quotient: 1.03
Total Jobs: 1,920
Average Annual Salary: $86,550
Average Entry Level Salary: $55,300
Average Experienced Salary: $110,570
Location Quotient: 1.04
Total Jobs: 4,970
Average Annual Salary: $82,690
Average Entry Level Salary: $57,540
Average Experienced Salary: $112,080
Location Quotient: 0.9
Total Jobs: 490
Average Annual Salary: $68,810
Average Entry Level Salary: $51,940
Average Experienced Salary: $88,400
Location Quotient: 1.2
Total Jobs: 5,010
Average Annual Salary: $67,230
Average Entry Level Salary: $51,800
Average Experienced Salary: $81,400
Location Quotient: 1.15
Total Jobs: 2,650
Average Annual Salary: $68,570
Average Entry Level Salary: $52,950
Average Experienced Salary: $82,130
Location Quotient: 1.32
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.
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