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Dental hygienist salary vs. cost of living in each state

Dental hygienists make more than double the average base cost of living in most states, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Living Wage Calculator.

Average annual dental hygienist salary compared to the minimum cost of living in each state:

Note: Salary information was taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The minimum cost of living in each state was provided by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Living Wage Calculator. The cost of living is for a single adult with no children before taxes.

Alabama

Average annual compensation: $51,130

Average cost of living: $33,094

Alaska

Average annual compensation: $115,510

Average cost of living: $34,786

Arizona

Average annual compensation: $83,300

Average cost of living: $36,252

Arkansas

Average annual compensation: $74,360

Average cost of living: $32,336

California

Average annual compensation: $108,200

Average cost of living: $45,382

Colorado

Average annual compensation: $86,890

Average cost of living: $39,846

Connecticut

Average annual compensation: $88,610

Average cost of living: $39,526

Delaware

Average annual compensation: $83,560

Average cost of living: $36,896

Florida

Average annual compensation: $73,180

Average cost of living: $35,858

Georgia

Average annual compensation: $73,140

Average cost of living: $36,686

Hawaii

Average annual compensation: $81,970

Average cost of living: $45,747

Idaho

Average annual compensation: $75,040

Average cost of living: $33,603

Illinois

Average annual compensation: $76,640

Average cost of living: $37,782

Indiana

Average annual compensation: $74,450

Average cost of living: $32,844

Iowa

Average annual compensation: $76,010

Average cost of living: $33,657

Kansas

Average annual compensation: $72,540

Average cost of living: $34,073

Kentucky

Average annual compensation: $61,500

Average cost of living: $32,147

Louisiana

Average annual compensation: $74,240

Average cost of living: $33,585

Maine

Average annual compensation: $71,640

Average cost of living: $37,184

Maryland

Average annual compensation: $89,340

Average cost of living: $41,054

Massachusetts

Average annual compensation: $87,030

Average cost of living: $45,517

Michigan

Average annual compensation: $66,720

Average cost of living: $34,028

Minnesota

Average annual compensation: $79,820

Average cost of living: $36,898

Mississippi

Average annual compensation: $57,670

Average cost of living: $32,572

Missouri

Average annual compensation: $74,230

Average cost of living: $33,890

Montana

Average annual compensation: $80,140

Average cost of living: $33,946

Nebraska

Average annual compensation: $75,700

Average cost of living: $34,519

Nevada

Average annual compensation: $89,460

Average cost of living: $33,788

New Hampshire

Average annual compensation: $82,660

Average cost of living: $36,023

New Jersey

Average annual compensation: $87,070

Average cost of living: $42,775

New Mexico

Average annual compensation: $84,480

Average cost of living: $33,792

New York

Average annual compensation: $83,600

Average cost of living: $45,738

North Carolina

Average annual compensation: $72,500

Average cost of living: $35,655

North Dakota

Average annual compensation: $69,440

Average cost of living: $31,976

Ohio

Average annual compensation: $72,280

Average cost of living: $32,460

Oklahoma

Average annual compensation: $83,290

Average cost of living: $32,750

Oregon

Average annual compensation: $94,420

Average cost of living: $40,587

Pennsylvania

Average annual compensation: $71,710

Average cost of living: $34,680

Rhode Island

Average annual compensation: $77,140

Average cost of living: $37,019

South Carolina

Average annual compensation: $65,440

Average cost of living: $36,340

South Dakota

Average annual compensation: $74,600

Average cost of living: $30,895

Tennessee

Average annual compensation: $68,770

Average cost of living: $32,135

Texas

Average annual compensation: $75,970

Average cost of living: $34,127

Utah

Average annual compensation: $74,110

Average cost of living: $35,311

Vermont

Average annual compensation: $73,650

Average cost of living: $37,044

Virginia

Average annual compensation: $83,150

Average cost of living: $40,362

Washington

Average annual compensation: $106,200

Average cost of living: $38,573

West Virginia

Average annual compensation: $61,050

Average cost of living: $32,144

Wisconsin

Average annual compensation: $72,540 

Average cost of living: $34,120

Wyoming

Average annual compensation: $78,010

Average cost of living: $31,719

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