10 top-paying states for dental hygienists

The average annual salary for dental hygienists topped $75,500 in 2017, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook and cited by Forbes.

Dental hygienists practicing in the West recorded higher salaries than dental hygienists in the South. Below are the 10 states where dental hygienists earn the most, on average:

1. Alaska: $107,190
2. California: $97,420
3. Washington: $91,420
4. New Mexico: $89,740
5. Maryland: $85,890
6. New Jersey: $85,500
7. Arizona: $85,470
8. Nevada: $84,110
9. Oregon: $82,850
10. Massachusetts: $82,290

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