Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
211,600 1.2 % $35.91 $74,680 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.61 $29.44 $35.61 $42.70 $48.72
Annual Wage (2) $51,180 $61,230 $74,070 $88,820 $101,330


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 200,710 21.53 $36.04 $74,970
Employment Services 2,580 0.07 $34.73 $72,250
Offices of Physicians 1,940 0.08 $33.34 $69,350
Outpatient Care Centers 1,420 0.16 $35.43 $73,690
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 790 0.04 $28.66 $59,610

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 200,710 21.53 $36.04 $74,970
Outpatient Care Centers 1,420 0.16 $35.43 $73,690
Offices of Physicians 1,940 0.08 $33.34 $69,350
Employment Services 2,580 0.07 $34.73 $72,250
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 140 0.05 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services (8) (8) $42.31 $88,010
Offices of Dentists 200,710 21.53 $36.04 $74,970
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 450 0.05 $35.91 $74,700
Outpatient Care Centers 1,420 0.16 $35.43 $73,690
Employment Services 2,580 0.07 $34.73 $72,250


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 22,840 1.37 0.92 $46.84 $97,420
Texas 13,600 1.14 0.77 $35.58 $74,010
New York 11,050 1.20 0.81 $36.96 $76,870
Florida 10,320 1.23 0.83 $30.31 $63,040
Michigan 10,090 2.36 1.59 $29.99 $62,370




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)
Rhode Island 1,290 2.72 1.83 $35.95 $74,780
Idaho 1,650 2.41 1.62 $35.81 $74,490
Vermont 720 2.37 1.60 $32.81 $68,250
Michigan 10,090 2.36 1.59 $29.99 $62,370
Connecticut 3,770 2.28 1.54 $39.55 $82,260




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 530 1.68 1.13 $51.53 $107,190
California 22,840 1.37 0.92 $46.84 $97,420
Washington 6,160 1.93 1.30 $43.78 $91,070
New Mexico 1,010 1.26 0.85 $43.14 $89,740
Maryland 3,230 1.21 0.82 $41.29 $85,890



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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 6,970 1.04 0.70 $42.01 $87,380
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 5,630 1.54 1.04 $35.95 $74,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,720 1.07 0.72 $48.14 $100,120
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,840 1.47 0.99 $33.36 $69,390
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,750 1.51 1.02 $37.82 $78,670
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,520 1.82 1.23 $35.92 $74,720
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 3,360 2.73 1.84 $29.53 $61,420
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,090 2.14 1.44 $40.69 $84,630
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,970 1.80 1.21 $45.61 $94,870
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,710 1.08 0.73 $46.02 $95,730


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pocatello, ID 130 3.82 2.57 $28.51 $59,310
Flint, MI 520 3.78 2.55 $29.58 $61,530
Grants Pass, OR 90 3.71 2.50 $39.44 $82,030
Medford, OR 310 3.64 2.45 $41.81 $86,970
Barnstable Town, MA 370 3.55 2.39 $40.69 $84,640
Chico, CA 260 3.26 2.20 $46.98 $97,730
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 320 3.24 2.18 $49.89 $103,770
St. George, UT 190 3.05 2.06 $33.28 $69,230
Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, MA NECTA Division 130 2.91 1.96 $40.86 $84,980
Kokomo, IN 110 2.87 1.94 $31.48 $65,490