These Are The 10 Highest Dental Hygienist Salaries By State

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. New Mexico
  2. Arizona
  3. Washington
  4. Nevada
  5. Virginia
  6. Texas
  7. Idaho
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Alaska
  10. Illinois

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

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for dental hygienists from the 2016 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 $94640, so our index value would be:

$94,640 * (100 / 135.9) = $69,639

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.

Detailed List Of Dental Hygienist Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 New Mexico $94,383 $91,080 96.5
2 Arizona $85,846 $84,130 98.0
3 Washington $85,693 $90,150 105.2
4 Nevada $83,785 $86,550 103.3
5 Virginia $82,033 $82,690 100.8
6 Texas $80,463 $72,980 90.7
7 Idaho $79,945 $73,630 92.1
8 Oklahoma $78,912 $70,390 89.2
9 Alaska $78,482 $102,890 131.1
10 Illinois $77,473 $73,290 94.6
11 Colorado $77,215 $80,150 103.8
12 Missouri $76,316 $68,990 90.4
13 Iowa $75,791 $68,970 91.0
14 Arkansas $75,143 $65,450 87.1
15 Indiana $75,117 $67,230 89.5
16 Wyoming $74,956 $68,810 91.8
17 Utah $73,731 $68,570 93.0
18 Tennessee $73,143 $65,390 89.4
19 Kansas $73,114 $65,730 89.9
20 Nebraska $72,587 $66,490 91.6
21 Ohio $72,142 $67,670 93.8
22 North Carolina $72,097 $67,700 93.9
23 Delaware $71,479 $72,480 101.4
24 Georgia $71,444 $65,300 91.4
25 Minnesota $70,763 $71,330 100.8
26 California $69,639 $94,640 135.9
27 Montana $69,176 $69,730 100.8
28 New Jersey $69,056 $84,180 121.9
29 Michigan $69,044 $61,450 89.0
30 Oregon $68,096 $78,720 115.6
31 Mississippi $67,473 $57,960 85.9
32 Wisconsin $66,446 $64,320 96.8
33 Maryland $65,936 $82,750 125.5
34 North Dakota $65,895 $65,500 99.4
35 New Hampshire $65,692 $76,860 117.0
36 Connecticut $64,933 $82,920 127.7
37 Kentucky $64,806 $58,650 90.5
38 Florida $64,079 $62,990 98.3
39 Pennsylvania $63,471 $64,360 101.4
40 Rhode Island $61,599 $74,350 120.7
41 Massachusetts $60,757 $81,050 133.4
42 South Carolina $60,201 $59,720 99.2
43 Louisiana $58,132 $55,110 94.8
44 New York $57,908 $75,860 131.0
45 West Virginia $57,880 $54,060 93.4
46 Maine $55,992 $62,040 110.8
47 South Dakota $55,458 $57,510 103.7
48 Vermont $53,806 $65,160 121.1
49 Alabama $49,078 $44,760 91.2
50 Hawaii $44,425 $74,590 167.9