RDH eVillage Salary Survey, part 4: Most common hourly rates for hygienists in 39 states

Nov. 21, 2014
There's a bucket list compiled for the third part of the RDH eVillage Job Benefits survey, and it has to do with a wish for a holiday that dental hygienists currently do not enjoy as a paid day off. The survey asked about benefits unrelated to policies such as health and dental insurance - vacation, sick days, CE reimbursement, and uniforms. A state-by-state breakdown on those benefits is offered

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is sticking to its 2012 forecasts that more than 60,000 jobs will be added to the dental hygiene workforce during the next seven years, prompting a number of websites to paint a rosy future for job security within the profession.

Forgive the dental hygiene profession for being skeptical, though. Almost three years into the BLS 10-year forecast of “much faster than average” growth in jobs, dental hygienists are still a little cynical.

Nationally, 86% of 1,814 dental hygienists surveyed for the annual RDH eVillage salary survey think jobs are “somewhat” or “very” difficult to find.

Texas seems to be the most indicative of potential job growth in the profession; 24% of Texas dental hygienists said finding a job is “relatively easy.” Other states that said it was relatively easy to find employment are Maryland (19%) and Colorado (16%).

The percentages above are correct. In no state did a majority of dental hygienists say job hunting was easy — not even close to it. The states feeling the greatest pinch due to a shortage of jobs appear to be Missouri, Connecticut, Minnesota, and Michigan.

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Dental Hygiene Salaries

The fourth and final installment of the 2014 salary survey does not intend to belabor the perceptions about the job market. The most common hourly rates are reported for each state listed below. In addition, selected comments from hygienists who participate in compensation plans involving commissions, bonuses, or other incentives are listed.

For the record, the most common hourly rates for dental hygienists in the United States are $30, $35, and $40. We mention this because the state reports below often refer to when a state’s pay ray rates are trending below or above those hourly rates

part 1: Hygienists still think jobs are scarce:

Part 2 in the dental hygienists benefits survey series: Job benefits for dental hygienists: Part 2

Part 3 in the dental hygienists benefits survey series: Comparing urban vs. rural hygienists

Pay Raises

The salary survey also inquired about the frequency of pay raises awarded to dental hygienists. The national percentages are listed below.

Wisconsin wins the “within the last year” category hands-down as 52% received recent raises. Other states that appear to be more fair about raises are Indiana and Maryland.

The worst states for raises appear to be Georgia and Arizona, where almost 30% of dental hygienists reported never receiving a raise.

Our apologies to Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming. We simply did not feel we received enough responses from those 11 states to warrant any fair analysis.