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How Much Does a Dental Hygienist Earn In The United States?

Dental Hygienist Salaries
Updated June 17, 2021
Average Dental Hygienist Salary
$78,000
$53,000
$78,000
$114,000
Dental hygienists in the United States make an average salary of $78,399 per year or $37.69 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $53,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $114,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Oregon, and New York provide the highest dental hygienist salaries.
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Average Dental Hygienist Salary By State

The darker areas on the map show where dental hygienists earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Highest Paying Cities For Dental Hygienist

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for dental hygienists. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Missouri, Kentucky, and Iowa.
Location
1. Sacramento, CA
$80,119
Avg. Salary
$43k
$109k
2. Medford, MA
$79,108
Avg. Salary
$43k
$109k
3. New York, NY
$77,815
Avg. Salary
$43k
$109k
4. Portland, OR
$77,694
Avg. Salary
$43k
$109k
5. Philadelphia, PA
$75,299
Avg. Salary
$43k
$109k
6. Kirkland, WA
$75,193
Avg. Salary
$43k
$109k

High Paying Dental Hygienist Jobs

Which Companies Pay Dental Hygienists The Most?

To earn a high income as a dental hygienist, working for Acuity Insurance or Marshfield Clinic might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like HealthPartners and Willamette Dental Group report highly competitive wages for dental hygienists.
Company
Avg. Salary
$80k
$112k
Avg. Salary
$80k
$112k
Avg. Salary
$80k
$112k
Avg. Salary
$80k
$112k
Avg. Salary
$80k
$112k

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    How Much Do Dental Hygienists Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, dental hygienist salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that non profits, health care, and manufacturing companies tend to offer much higher salaries for dental hygienists. For example, dental hygienists make a whopping average salary of $82,487 while working for non profits companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $81,877 at health care companies and $81,323 at manufacturing companies. But dental hygienists may want to avoid working in the government industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $78,636.
    1. Non Profits
    $82,487
    Avg. Salary
    $72k
    $89k
    2. Health Care
    $81,877
    Avg. Salary
    $72k
    $89k
    3. Manufacturing
    $81,323
    Avg. Salary
    $72k
    $89k
    4. Government
    $78,636
    Avg. Salary
    $72k
    $89k

    Recently Added Dental Hygienist Salaries

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    $98,089
    $98,089
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    William J.K. Saiget, P.C.
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    Seattle, WA
    Seattle, WA
    05/28/2021
    05/28/2021
    $96,002
    $96,002
    05/28/2021
    Capitol Dental Care, Inc.
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    Corvallis, OR
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    05/28/2021
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    $104,350
    $104,350
    05/28/2021
    Southwest GD Dental Corp., P.C.
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    Tucson, AZ
    Tucson, AZ
    05/28/2021
    05/28/2021
    $98,089
    $98,089
    05/28/2021
    James A Snow DDS, Inc.
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    Registered Dental Hygienist
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    Registered Dental Hygienist
    San Diego, CA
    San Diego, CA
    05/28/2021
    05/28/2021
    $104,350
    $104,350
    05/28/2021
    Northlakes Community Clinic
    Northlakes Community Clinic
    Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
    Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
    Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
    Ashland, WI
    Ashland, WI
    05/26/2021
    05/26/2021
    $55,702
    $55,702
    05/26/2021
    Dental Hygienist
    Dental Hygienist
    Saint Louis, MO
    Saint Louis, MO
    05/25/2021
    05/25/2021
    $79,306
    $79,306
    05/25/2021
    Dental Hygienist-2K !
    Dental Hygienist-2K !
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Oklahoma City, OK
    05/25/2021
    05/25/2021
    $83,480
    $83,480
    05/25/2021
    Escondido Family Dental Care and Speciality Center
    Escondido Family Dental Care and Speciality Center
    Registered Dental Hygienist
    Registered Dental Hygienist
    Registered Dental Hygienist
    Escondido, CA
    Escondido, CA
    05/25/2021
    05/25/2021
    $93,915
    $93,915
    05/25/2021
    William J.K. Saiget, P.C.
    William J.K. Saiget, P.C.
    Dental Hygienist-2K !
    Dental Hygienist-2K !
    Dental Hygienist-2K !
    Seattle, WA
    Seattle, WA
    05/25/2021
    05/25/2021
    $96,002
    $96,002
    05/25/2021