The Highest Paying States For Dental Hygienist In 2022

dental hygienist cleaning patients teeth in chair

Have you ever wondered which state dental hygienists make the most money in 2021? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) latest Dental Hygienist Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Report lists it all out. Depending on the cost of living in your area and the amount of experience that you have, the average dental hygienist salary is just over $81,360 per year, with higher earners topping $100,200 per year. Listed below are all 50 states, including Washington DC, ranked by average dental hygiene salary.

Dental Hygiene Salary By State

StateNumber of RDHs2021 Hourly Pay2021 Annual Salary
Alabama2,950$24.58$51,130
Alaska510$55.53$115,510
Arizona3,410$40.05$83,300
Arkansas1,260$35.75$74,360
California25,200$52.02$108,200
Colorado3,610$41.77$86,890
Connecticut3,210$42.60$88,610
Delaware760$40.18$83,560
District of Columbia270$39.14$81,400
Florida11,230$35.18$73,180
Georgia4,810$35.16$73,140
Hawaii1,340$39.41$81,970
Idaho1,880$36.08$75,040
Illinois8,540$36.84$76,640
Indiana5,100$35.79$74,450
Iowa2,220$36.55$76,010
Kansas2,010$34.88$72,540
Kentucky2,330$29.57$61,500
Louisiana1,880$35.69$74,240
Maine1,130$34.44$71,640
Maryland4,120$42.95$89,340
Massachusetts5,220$41.84$87,030
Michigan7,750$32.08$66,720
Minnesota4,920$38.38$79,820
Mississippi1,410$27.72$57,670
Missouri2,730$35.69$74,230
Montana940$38.53$80,140
Nebraska1,150$36.39$75,700
Nevada2,030$43.01$89,460
New Hampshire1,410$39.74$82,660
New Jersey5,030$41.86$87,070
New Mexico900$40.62$84,480
New York10,020$40.19$83,600
North Carolina6,920$34.86$72,500
North Dakota850$33.39$69,440
Ohio8,800$34.75$72,280
Oklahoma2,270$40.04$83,290
Oregon3,740$45.40$94,420
Pennsylvania9,690$34.48$71,710
Rhode Island1,120$37.09$77,140
South Carolina3,100$31.46$65,440
South Dakota670$35.87$74,600
Tennessee4,090$33.06$68,770
Texas13,030$36.53$75,970
Utah2,920$35.63$74,110
Vermont520$35.41$73,650
Virginia5,040$39.98$83,150
Washington6,840$51.06$106,200
West Virginia1,050$29.35$61,050
Wisconsin4,730$34.87$72,540
Wyoming530$37.50$78,010

How Much Does A Dental Hygienist Make Per Hour?

The average salary for dental hygienists is right around $37 per hour. Again, this number can be higher or lower and depends on what part of the country you’re in as well as the cost of living in that area. Some offices may choose to pay hygienists a flat rate per day or by the number of patients that they see. In the majority of situations, the salary is a flat hourly amount. If you consider things like a paid uniform allowances or continuing education options, the added benefits can make your salary more competitive.

 

2019 U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

Best-Paying Cities For Dental Hygienists

Are you interested in relocating or becoming licensed in a different state? Knowing where the most competitive dental hygienist salary exists can help you get more bang for your buck when it comes to a job search. Although pay is significantly dependent on the cost of living where the practice is located, it can still be worth your while to explore which areas boast the highest salary.

According to US News and World Report, the American cities with the highest salary for dental hygienists include

  1. Fairbanks, Alaska (at $113,190 per year)
  2. San Jose, California ($112,210 per year)
  3. Anchorage, Alaska ($110,800 per year)
  4. San Francisco, California ($109,750 per year)
  5. Santa Rosa, California ($108,010 per year)

Top 5 Paying States For Dental Hygienists

2019 U.S. News & World Report

Maybe you’re not interested in moving to one of those five cities, but you still want to know which states have the highest dental hygiene salary when it comes to dental hygiene jobs. As you might guess, the top two are Alaska and California. But to round out the top five, you’ll also want to consider Washington, Arizona, and New Jersey. A dental hygienist career is a well-paying opportunity, regardless as to which state in which you choose to practice. 

  1. Alaska ($114,320 per year)
  2. California ($114,320 per year)
  3. Washington ($114,320 per year)
  4. Arizona ($114,320 per year)
  5. New Jersey ($114,320 per year)