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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

29-1292 Dental Hygienists

Administer oral hygiene care to patients. Assess patient oral hygiene problems or needs and maintain health records. Advise patients on oral health maintenance and disease prevention. May provide advanced care such as providing fluoride treatment or administering topical anesthesia.


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)
221,560 1.3 % $37.13 $77,230 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.54 $30.90 $36.65 $44.02 $49.68
Annual Wage (2) $53,130 $64,260 $76,220 $91,560 $103,340


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 209,510 21.70 $37.28 $77,540
Employment Services 3,270 0.09 $36.19 $75,280
Offices of Physicians 2,410 0.09 $35.39 $73,610
Outpatient Care Centers 1,600 0.17 $37.16 $77,300
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 810 0.04 $29.54 $61,440

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 209,510 21.70 $37.28 $77,540
Outpatient Care Centers 1,600 0.17 $37.16 $77,300
Offices of Physicians 2,410 0.09 $35.39 $73,610
Employment Services 3,270 0.09 $36.19 $75,280
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 200 0.06 $31.23 $64,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 30 (7) $41.57 $86,460
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 320 0.03 $39.13 $81,400
Management of Companies and Enterprises 60 (7) $38.00 $79,040
Offices of Dentists 209,510 21.70 $37.28 $77,540
Outpatient Care Centers 1,600 0.17 $37.16 $77,300


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 23,320 1.34 0.89 $51.08 $106,240
Texas 14,310 1.15 0.76 $36.77 $76,490
New York 11,620 1.22 0.81 $37.00 $76,960
Florida 11,310 1.29 0.85 $31.82 $66,170
Ohio 9,670 1.77 1.18 $32.65 $67,900




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)
Idaho 1,880 2.59 1.72 $36.50 $75,910
Connecticut 4,140 2.49 1.65 $39.71 $82,600
New Hampshire 1,510 2.29 1.52 $39.16 $81,460
Rhode Island 1,100 2.28 1.51 $36.21 $75,330
Michigan 9,140 2.10 1.40 $31.54 $65,610




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 610 1.91 1.27 $55.19 $114,790
California 23,320 1.34 0.89 $51.08 $106,240
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $49.22 $102,380
Washington 6,660 2.01 1.33 $44.81 $93,200
Oregon 3,810 2.00 1.32 $41.96 $87,270





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 12,010 1.24 0.82 $41.82 $86,990
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 7,380 1.58 1.05 $35.60 $74,050
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6,660 1.07 0.71 $49.69 $103,350
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 5,060 1.38 0.92 $38.96 $81,030
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 4,760 1.70 1.13 $40.82 $84,910
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,260 1.34 0.89 $43.58 $90,650
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 4,250 2.15 1.42 $32.28 $67,130
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 4,180 1.45 0.96 $37.71 $78,450
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 4,170 1.69 1.12 $54.78 $113,940
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 3,770 1.86 1.24 $45.64 $94,930