Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
192,330 1.3 % $34.39 $71,530 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.02 $28.66 $34.19 $41.02 $46.49
Annual Wage (2) $47,880 $59,600 $71,110 $85,310 $96,690


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 183,380 21.25 $34.55 $71,860
Offices of Physicians 2,260 0.09 $31.65 $65,830
Employment Services 1,710 0.05 $33.33 $69,330
Outpatient Care Centers 810 0.12 $32.57 $67,740
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 650 0.03 $26.41 $54,930

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 183,380 21.25 $34.55 $71,860
Outpatient Care Centers 810 0.12 $32.57 $67,740
Offices of Physicians 2,260 0.09 $31.65 $65,830
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 150 0.06 $40.08 $83,360
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 460 0.06 $31.17 $64,830

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 150 0.06 $40.08 $83,360
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations (8) (8) $34.90 $72,600
Offices of Dentists 183,380 21.25 $34.55 $71,860
Employment Services 1,710 0.05 $33.33 $69,330
Facilities Support Services 30 0.02 $32.94 $68,510


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 21,930 1.49 1.03 $45.15 $93,920
Texas 12,590 1.15 0.79 $34.14 $71,010
Florida 10,000 1.34 0.93 $29.38 $61,110
New York 9,850 1.14 0.79 $32.43 $67,450
Michigan 9,680 2.42 1.67 $28.99 $60,300




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 9,680 2.42 1.67 $28.99 $60,300
Connecticut 3,840 2.35 1.62 $38.56 $80,210
Rhode Island 1,050 2.29 1.58 $34.14 $71,000
Oregon 3,600 2.20 1.51 $38.29 $79,650
New Hampshire 1,250 2.02 1.39 $37.83 $78,680




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 490 0.73 0.50 $45.16 $93,940
California 21,930 1.49 1.03 $45.15 $93,920
Washington 5,640 2.00 1.38 $44.52 $92,610
Nevada 1,440 1.25 0.86 $41.28 $85,850
Arizona 3,650 1.47 1.02 $39.05 $81,220





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,340 1.34 0.93 $47.60 $99,010
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,660 1.26 0.87 $33.99 $70,700
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,090 0.78 0.54 $36.15 $75,180
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 3,170 2.85 1.97 $28.93 $60,170
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,070 1.71 1.18 $34.74 $72,250
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,910 1.35 0.93 $37.32 $77,630
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,870 1.24 0.86 $31.93 $66,400
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,750 1.50 1.03 $33.49 $69,660
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,650 0.96 0.66 $35.29 $73,400
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,570 1.77 1.22 $46.48 $96,690