How Much do Dental Hygienists Make?

Do dental hygienists make a lot of money? What is the average pay for dental hygienists?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, dental hygienists in the United States earn an average of $77,230 a year, equivalent to $37.13 an hour. Dental hygienists make 44% more than the average American worker.

Dental hygienists in Alaska are the best paid, making $114,790 a year, while dental hygienists in Alabama make the least at $48,090.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Dental Hygienist Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $49.68 $103,340
75th $44.02 $91,560
50th $36.65 $76,220
25th $30.90 $64,260
10th $25.54 $53,130
Dental Hygienist Wages by State

In what states do dental hygienists make the most? In what states do dental hygienists make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $23.12 $48,090
Alaska $55.19 $114,790
Arizona $40.53 $84,300
Arkansas $32.41 $67,410
California $51.08 $106,240
Colorado $41.42 $86,140
Connecticut $39.71 $82,600
Delaware $40.13 $83,470
Florida $31.82 $66,170
Georgia $31.53 $65,590
Hawaii $40.11 $83,430
Idaho $36.50 $75,910
Illinois $34.64 $72,050
Indiana $32.88 $68,390
Iowa $33.94 $70,600
Kansas $32.85 $68,340
Kentucky $29.37 $61,090
Louisiana $31.71 $65,960
Maine $32.46 $67,510
Maryland $41.80 $86,940
Massachusetts $40.52 $84,280
Michigan $31.54 $65,610
Minnesota $36.33 $75,570
Mississippi $26.99 $56,150
Missouri $33.49 $69,660
Montana $36.35 $75,610
Nebraska $31.91 $66,380
Nevada $41.13 $85,560
New Hampshire $39.16 $81,460
New Jersey $41.96 $87,270
New Mexico $36.04 $74,960
New York $37.00 $76,960
North Carolina $34.01 $70,750
North Dakota $34.88 $72,550
Ohio $32.65 $67,900
Oklahoma $36.53 $75,990
Oregon $41.96 $87,270
Pennsylvania $32.66 $67,940
Rhode Island $36.21 $75,330
South Carolina $30.63 $63,710
South Dakota $32.14 $66,840
Tennessee $32.54 $67,690
Texas $36.77 $76,490
Utah $33.33 $69,320
Vermont $36.09 $75,070
Virginia $38.16 $79,370
Washington $44.81 $93,200
West Virginia $29.01 $60,340
Wisconsin $32.60 $67,810
Wyoming $33.47 $69,610
Metro Areas Where Dental Hygienists Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Santa Barbara, CA $67.38 $140,150
San Jose, CA $57.89 $120,420
San Francisco, CA $54.78 $113,940
Santa Rosa, CA $54.52 $113,390
Vallejo, CA $54.18 $112,700
Fairbanks, AK $53.77 $111,830
Napa, CA $53.14 $110,520
Santa Cruz, CA $52.89 $110,020
Anchorage, AK $52.63 $109,470
Madera, CA $52.15 $108,460
Dental Hygienist Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $37.13 $77,230
2018 $36.30 $75,500
2017 $35.91 $74,680
2016 $35.31 $73,440
2015 $34.96 $72,720
2014 $34.60 $71,970
2013 $34.39 $71,530
2012 $33.99 $70,700
2011 $33.54 $69,760