Training Requirements for Dental Hygienists

Dental hygienists need an associate's degree.

Degrees for Dental hygienists
Percent
Less than High School 0.5
High School 2.4
Some College 7.5
Associates Degree 52.1
Bachelors Degree 31.8
Masters Degree 3.1
Doctorate or Professional Degree 2.7

Employment Outlook for Dental Hygienists

This represents about 200,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 37,000 more dental hygienists but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 70,000 more.

Typical Income for Dental Hygienists

Hourly Income

On average,dental hygienists make $35.31 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Dental hygienists $24.46 $29.09 $35.05 $41.53 $48.16
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $15.59 $21.80 $30.49 $43.83 $64.87
Health technologists and technicians $12.29 $15.63 $20.55 $27.58 $35.76
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, dental hygienists make $73,440 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Dental hygienists $50,870 $60,500 $72,910 $86,390 $100,170
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $32,430 $45,330 $63,420 $91,180 $134,930
Health technologists and technicians $25,570 $32,510 $42,750 $57,370 $74,390
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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