How Much Money Does a Dental Hygienist Make

One of the top paying jobs with a 2 year degree!

What does a Dental Hygienist do anyways?

A Dental Hygienist is who you see every time you get a teeth cleaning. We are going to conduct a full examination including cancer screening, x-ray, gum assessment, and provide any recommendations in your care or needed treatment. The Doctor usually comes in after to conduct a quick exam to go over anything we spoke about and check for cavities, broken teeth, etc. 

What else can you do with a Dental Hygiene degree?

Research in multiple areas
Teaching at Dental Hygiene Clinic or Dental School
Government Agencies such as Department of Health
Prisons in order to provide services to inmates
Private Dental Practices
Marketing for Dental Companies and Sales
Entrepreneur ex have your own toothpaste business
Nursing Homes and Children Schools

How much do Dental Hygienists make on average in the U.S.? 

About $75,500 average yearly income in the U.S., depends on State and regions within state, also on experience and credentials 

What are the top 5 highest paying states for Dental Hygienist?

1. Alaska $107,190
2. California $97,420
3. Washington $91,070
2. New Mexico $89,740
1. Maryland $85,890

What are the 5 lowest paying states for Dental Hygienist?

1. Alabama $46,290
2. West Virginia $54,970
3. Louisiana $57,450
4. Mississippi $57,620
5. Kentucky $59,500

How much will a Dental Hygienist make right out of school and can they ask for more?

This is very dependent on your location and credentials. Closer to metropolitan cities usually mean more per hour. Although salaries are listed here, hygienists will often find they are offered an hourly wage. This is because the practice only makes money if you have a patient to treat.

I live in Massachusetts but not too close to Boston. Out of school I was offered $35 at a couple places and others asked for what I hoped to make, to which I said $38. I feel that the average of your state broken down to hourly is pretty spot on and you can ask for that. If they say its a bit high start negotiating and discuss your credentials further.

In the comments below, let me know what you think about this career as an option for you and if you think the pay is worth it!

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