The 10 States With The Highest Dental Hygienist Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do dental hygienists get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for dental hygienists by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for dental hygienists by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for dental hygienists after this adjustment? That would be Dental Hygienists.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Arizona
  2. Alaska
  3. Washington
  4. Texas
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Arkansas
  7. Colorado
  8. Idaho
  9. Virginia
  10. Nevada

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for dental hygienists from the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $100830, so our index value would be:

$100,830 * (100 / 135.9) = $74,194

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for dental hygienists.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Dental Hygienist Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Arizona $87,642 $85,890 98.0
2 Alaska $87,200 $114,320 131.1
3 Washington $86,207 $90,690 105.2
4 Texas $83,020 $75,300 90.7
5 Oklahoma $82,948 $73,990 89.2
6 Arkansas $81,618 $71,090 87.1
7 Colorado $81,416 $84,510 103.8
8 Idaho $80,814 $74,430 92.1
9 Virginia $79,007 $79,640 100.8
10 Nevada $78,673 $81,270 103.3
11 New Mexico $78,611 $75,860 96.5
12 Delaware $77,465 $78,550 101.4
13 Illinois $76,786 $72,640 94.6
14 Missouri $76,128 $68,820 90.4
15 Indiana $75,977 $68,000 89.5
16 Wyoming $75,838 $69,620 91.8
17 Iowa $75,681 $68,870 91.0
18 Utah $74,720 $69,490 93.0
19 California $74,194 $100,830 135.9
20 Tennessee $74,149 $66,290 89.4
21 North Carolina $74,014 $69,500 93.9
22 Oregon $73,771 $85,280 115.6
23 Montana $73,759 $74,350 100.8
24 Minnesota $73,650 $74,240 100.8
25 North Dakota $73,018 $72,580 99.4
26 Ohio $72,825 $68,310 93.8
27 Kansas $72,280 $64,980 89.9
28 Michigan $72,056 $64,130 89.0
29 Nebraska $71,910 $65,870 91.6
30 Georgia $71,827 $65,650 91.4
31 New Jersey $70,434 $85,860 121.9
32 New Hampshire $68,000 $79,560 117.0
33 Maryland $67,920 $85,240 125.5
34 Wisconsin $67,706 $65,540 96.8
35 Mississippi $67,357 $57,860 85.9
36 Kentucky $66,198 $59,910 90.5
37 Pennsylvania $66,084 $67,010 101.4
38 Connecticut $65,489 $83,630 127.7
39 Florida $65,178 $64,070 98.3
40 Louisiana $63,090 $59,810 94.8
41 South Dakota $62,275 $64,580 103.7
42 Massachusetts $62,031 $82,750 133.4
43 South Carolina $61,935 $61,440 99.2
44 Rhode Island $61,847 $74,650 120.7
45 West Virginia $61,820 $57,740 93.4
46 Vermont $59,859 $72,490 121.1
47 Maine $59,115 $65,500 110.8
48 New York $58,229 $76,280 131.0
49 Alabama $50,986 $46,500 91.2
50 Hawaii $46,408 $77,920 167.9
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