How Much do Dental Hygienists Make in California?

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

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, dental hygienists in California earn an average of $106,240 a year, equivalent to $51.08 an hour.

This is 38% more than dental hygienists nationwide and 73% more than the typical California worker.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
California Dental Hygienist Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $63.91 $132,930
75th $58.90 $122,520
50th $51.70 $107,530
25th $44.45 $92,450
10th $39.13 $81,390
California Dental Hygienists Wages by Metro Area
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Bakersfield $44.41 $92,380
Chico $49.97 $103,930
El Centro $38.92 $80,960
Fresno $43.46 $90,410
Hanford $43.13 $89,720
Los Angeles $49.69 $103,350
Madera $52.15 $108,460
Merced $37.37 $77,730
Modesto $51.21 $106,520
Napa $53.14 $110,520
Oxnard $51.03 $106,140
Redding $42.76 $88,950
Riverside $50.96 $105,990
Sacramento $48.57 $101,030
Salinas $49.66 $103,290
San Diego $48.69 $101,270
San Francisco $54.78 $113,940
San Jose $57.89 $120,420
San Luis Obispo $46.81 $97,370
Santa Barbara $67.38 $140,150
Santa Cruz $52.89 $110,020
Santa Rosa $54.52 $113,390
Stockton $43.05 $89,550
Vallejo $54.18 $112,700
Visalia $45.67 $94,990
Yuba City $40.78 $84,820
California Dental Hygienist Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $51.08 $106,240
2018 $48.48 $100,830
2017 $46.84 $97,420
2016 $45.50 $94,640
2015 $45.18 $93,970
2014 $45.37 $94,370
2013 $45.15 $93,920
2012 $44.84 $93,280
2011 $43.75 $91,010