Dental hygienists

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2019 Workforce
196k
Average Age
42.9
Average Salary
$55,351
Average Male Salary
$85,955
Average Female Salary
$53,827

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Dental hygienists and on wages and locations for those in the field. Offices of dentists is the industry that employs the most Dental hygienists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Dental hygienists, by average wage, is Other health care services. Dental hygienists are paid most in Hall County PUMA, GA but are relatively concentrated in Trussville, Center Point & Gardendale Cities PUMA, AL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$55,351
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,536

In 2019, Dental hygienists earned an average of $55,351, $173 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Media and communication workers, all other make somewhat more than Dental hygienists while Firstline supervisors of office & administrative support workers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Dental hygienists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.292
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Dental hygienists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.292, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Dental hygienists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Dental hygienists.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Dental hygienists.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

196k
2019 Workforce
± 10,862
6.65%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 7.47%

The number of people employed as Dental hygienists has been growing at a rate of 6.65%, from 183,767 people in 2018 to 195,995 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Dental hygienists employed by various industries. Offices of dentists employs the largest share of Dental hygienists at  94.8%, followed by General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 1.06% and Other health care services with 0.783%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Dental hygienists in the US. The average age of male Dental hygienists in the workforce is 42.6 and of female Dental hygienists is 43, and the most common race/ethnicity for Dental hygienists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

9.3k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 2,367
187k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 10,602

95.3% of Dental hygienists are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Dental hygienists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Dental hygienists
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

78.8% of Dental hygienists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.07% of Dental hygienists, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Dental hygienists.

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Age by Gender

42.6
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 3.43
43
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.732

The median age of Dental hygienists is 42.9, and Male employees are generally 0.405 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Dental hygienists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Dental hygienists is Health but a relatively high number of Dental hygienists hold a major in Health.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.
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