|Quick Facts: Dental Hygienists|
$77,810 per year
$37.41 per hour
|9% (Faster than average)|
What Dental Hygienists Do
Dental hygienists examine patients for signs of oral diseases, such as gingivitis, and provide preventive care, including oral hygiene.
Nearly all dental hygienists work in dentists’ offices, and many work part time.
How to Become a Dental Hygienist
Dental hygienists typically need an associate’s degree in dental hygiene. Programs usually take 3 years to complete. All states require dental hygienists to be licensed; requirements vary by state.
The median annual wage for dental hygienists was $77,810 in May 2021.
Employment of dental hygienists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations.
About 16,300 openings for dental hygienists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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