Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
196,520 1.3 % $34.60 $71,970 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.65 $28.80 $34.38 $40.98 $46.82
Annual Wage (2) $49,190 $59,890 $71,520 $85,240 $97,390


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 187,370 21.25 $34.76 $72,300
Employment Services 2,230 0.06 $33.34 $69,360
Offices of Physicians 1,940 0.08 $32.42 $67,440
Outpatient Care Centers 960 0.14 $32.65 $67,920
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 650 0.03 $26.75 $55,630

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 187,370 21.25 $34.76 $72,300
Outpatient Care Centers 960 0.14 $32.65 $67,920
Offices of Physicians 1,940 0.08 $32.42 $67,440
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 470 0.06 $31.04 $64,560
Employment Services 2,230 0.06 $33.34 $69,360

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations (8) (8) $36.01 $74,910
Offices of Dentists 187,370 21.25 $34.76 $72,300
Employment Services 2,230 0.06 $33.34 $69,360
Outpatient Care Centers 960 0.14 $32.65 $67,920
Offices of Physicians 1,940 0.08 $32.42 $67,440


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 20,890 1.38 0.95 $45.37 $94,370
Texas 13,400 1.19 0.82 $34.60 $71,980
Florida 10,690 1.40 0.96 $30.48 $63,400
New York 9,960 1.13 0.78 $33.23 $69,120
Michigan 9,420 2.31 1.59 $28.61 $59,520



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)
Connecticut 3,980 2.42 1.66 $38.54 $80,170
Oregon 3,930 2.34 1.61 $36.98 $76,920
Michigan 9,420 2.31 1.59 $28.61 $59,520
Rhode Island 1,030 2.21 1.52 $33.94 $70,590
Washington 5,780 2.00 1.37 $43.93 $91,370



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 420 0.62 0.43 $45.95 $95,570
California 20,890 1.38 0.95 $45.37 $94,370
Washington 5,780 2.00 1.37 $43.93 $91,370
Nevada 1,320 1.11 0.77 $42.94 $89,320
Arizona 3,440 1.36 0.94 $39.45 $82,050




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 4,780 1.18 0.81 $46.78 $97,300
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,450 1.19 0.81 $35.12 $73,050
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,190 0.78 0.53 $38.48 $80,040
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,320 1.17 0.80 $35.30 $73,420
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 3,180 2.78 1.91 $27.56 $57,320
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,180 1.74 1.20 $34.67 $72,110
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,970 1.24 0.86 $32.62 $67,850
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,880 1.55 1.06 $33.01 $68,670
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,850 1.27 0.87 $37.03 $77,010
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,810 1.57 1.08 $39.77 $82,730