Information About Dental Hygienists

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Training

Dental hygienists need associate degree.

Degrees for Dental hygienists
Training for Dental Hygienists
Percent
Less than High School 0.4
High School 2.6
Some College 5.4
Associates Degree 56.3
Bachelors Degree 30.5
Masters Degree 1.8
Doctorate or Professional Degree 3.1

Employment

Represents about 174,000 people in the United States- 0.1% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 62,000 more dental hygienists but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 98,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, dental hygienists make $33.54 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Dental hygienists $22.10 $27.30 $33.30 $40.00 $45.60
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $14.60 $20.30 $28.60 $40.00 $59.80
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, dental hygienists make $69,760 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Dental hygienists $46,020 $56,950 $69,280 $83,310 $94,850
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $30,500 $42,330 $59,570 $83,330 $124,550
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

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

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