Northern states, including Delaware, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia
(excluding Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, which are detailed in separate listings for each state.)
Most common hourly rates: $31 (11%), $34 (11%), $38 (11%)
Comments about northern states:
- Rhode Island: I have been in this profession for 23 years, I have not received a raise since 2004. It is sad to watch the decline over the years. I feel blessed to have my job, but would really love to be working full time.
- Rhode Island: There is a lack of jobs, I have lost benefits, and I have physical problems related to decades of working as a hygienist. I would not recommend dental hygiene as a career.
- Vermont: I left a full time job after my "old boss" retired. The new dentist was awful to work for; it took me six months to find work, and I had to piece things together. This Burlington dentist practices dentistry the way it should be practiced, the way it was before business consultants got their fingers into the game. A hygienist retired so that is why I am able to work here.
- West Virginia: Seems like we have an abundance of hygienists in our area right now.
- West Virginia: My location is saturated by hygienists, with rates as low as $15 per hour and as high as $90,000 per year.