How much does a Dental Hygienist make in the United States?

31.2k salaries reported, updated at April 13, 2021
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The average salary for a dental hygienist is $38.08 per hour in the United States.

Most common benefits

  • Prescription drug insurance
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k)
  • Employee discount
  • Professional development assistance
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Best-paid skills and qualifications for dental hygienists

Most recommended skill

Primary Care

The jobs requiring this skill have increase by 23.39% since 2018. Dental Hygienists with this skill earn +9.36% more than the average base salary, which is $38.08 per hour.


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Most common benefits for Dental Hygienists

  • Prescription drug insurance
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k)
  • Employee discount
  • Professional development assistance
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Paid jury duty
  • 401(k) matching
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
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Salary satisfaction

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67% of Dental hygienists in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area

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As a dental hygienist how can I know if I am being paid fairly?

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Do dental hygienists get paid weekly or biweekly?

Payment occurs either weekly or biweekly. Frequency of payment for dental hygienist depends on which state the job is in.

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Why do dental hygienists make so much money?

Dentist hygienists earn good money day to day. Often depending on the circumstances, patient fees go up to cover increased overheads.

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