Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

29-2021 Dental Hygienists

Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop x rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
200,550 1.2 % $34.96 $72,720 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.11 $28.98 $34.77 $41.30 $47.33
Annual Wage (2) $50,140 $60,280 $72,330 $85,910 $98,440


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists 190,900 21.23 $35.12 $73,050
Employment Services 2,420 0.07 $33.08 $68,800
Offices of Physicians 1,970 0.08 $32.84 $68,300
Outpatient Care Centers 1,070 0.15 $33.83 $70,370
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 740 0.04 $27.35 $56,880

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists 190,900 21.23 $35.12 $73,050
Outpatient Care Centers 1,070 0.15 $33.83 $70,370
Offices of Physicians 1,970 0.08 $32.84 $68,300
Employment Services 2,420 0.07 $33.08 $68,800
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 410 0.05 $32.70 $68,010

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists 190,900 21.23 $35.12 $73,050
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 50 0.02 $34.41 $71,570
Outpatient Care Centers 1,070 0.15 $33.83 $70,370
Employment Services 2,420 0.07 $33.08 $68,800
Offices of Physicians 1,970 0.08 $32.84 $68,300


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.




States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 20,560 1.33 0.91 $45.18 $93,970
Texas 12,980 1.12 0.77 $34.77 $72,320
New York 10,760 1.20 0.82 $35.06 $72,920
Florida 10,510 1.33 0.91 $30.47 $63,370
Michigan 9,870 2.38 1.64 $29.44 $61,230



States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Michigan 9,870 2.38 1.64 $29.44 $61,230
Oregon 4,030 2.32 1.60 $37.03 $77,010
Connecticut 3,850 2.32 1.59 $38.87 $80,860
Idaho 1,460 2.27 1.56 $34.84 $72,460
Rhode Island 1,020 2.16 1.49 $35.16 $73,140



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 440 0.65 0.45 $47.37 $98,530
California 20,560 1.33 0.91 $45.18 $93,970
New Mexico 1,240 1.55 1.07 $42.93 $89,290
Nevada 1,510 1.23 0.84 $42.88 $89,190
Washington 6,020 2.02 1.39 $42.73 $88,870




Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,430 0.99 0.68 $40.13 $83,480
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,720 1.15 0.79 $46.69 $97,120
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 4,180 1.17 0.80 $35.11 $73,020
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,300 1.75 1.21 $35.02 $72,850
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 3,210 2.74 1.88 $28.54 $59,350
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,130 1.35 0.93 $36.53 $75,990
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,850 2.07 1.43 $39.00 $81,110
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,820 1.83 1.26 $43.86 $91,230
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,810 1.13 0.78 $32.72 $68,050
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,610 0.89 0.61 $35.68 $74,210