The stigma that most people attach to trips to the dentists, and their Allentown braces might be a bit of a pain to deal with, but a recent report from the US’s Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the pay just might be worth it.
According to their data from the Occupational Employment Statistics, being a dental hygienist offers decent pay in the medical field without the time and effort needed to become a full doctor. Their data shows that, as of 2017, the average income of dental hygienists in the US reached $75,000. Equally notable, according to their Occupation Outlook Handbook, the occupation is stable, with projections saying that employment will go up by 20% from 2016 to 2026, as demand for treatments like Allentown braces go up.
Naturally, the average salary of a dental hygienists varies based on which state they operate in, with patterns in spending noting a slight discrepancy in state median household income. The West Coast, particularly Alaska ($107,190), California ($97,420), and Washington ($91,070), occupy the top three spots, at 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, respectively. Meanwhile, New Mexico ($89,740) is 4th, despite having a state median household income of just $46,718, which is ranked at 44th in all of the states. Maryland, meanwhile, rounds out the top five.
Notably, Oregon ($82,850), saw impressive growth in how much dental hygienists earn. From 2016 to 2017, the average salary of dental hygienists in the state went up by 5.2%, from $78, 720 to $82,850. Alaska, at the number 1 spot, saw a huge jump in the income of dental hygienists in the state from 2015 to 2016, going up by a whopping 21.9% to $102,890, from $84,430.
The 10 states where dental hygienists earn the least on average are , for the most part, reflective of the median household incomes in those respective states, with some discrepancies. The Southern US has the lowest incomes for dental hygienists, matching the median household incomes in those states.
However, Michigan ($62,370), Maine ($62,410), and South Dakota ($62,560), ranked around the 30th mark in median household income, at 33rd, 31st, and 29th, respectively. Noteworthy, due to the fact that these three states rank at 6th, 7th, and 8th states in terms of lowest average dental hygienist income.