Average dental hygienist income by employment type

Dental hygienists working in corporate practices make an average income of $79,630 — the most of any employment setting, according to DentalPost's "2023 Dental Salary Survey" annual report.

DentalPost conducted its survey between July and September 2022; nearly 15,000 dental professionals participated, including 6,933 hygienists. The survey addresses topics including compensation, job turnover and work environment. Read more about the methodology here.

Here are the average and median incomes of dental hygienists across employment types, according to DentalPost:

Note: This data is based on the responses of dental hygienists who work 32 hours or more per week.

General private practice

Average: $71,980

Median: $70,000

Corporate practice

Average: $79,630

Median: $76,800

Specialist private practice

Average: $72,800

Median: $72,999

Public Health & Community Clinics

Average: $76,080

Median: $75,000


Average: $77,185

Median: $75,000

Note: The "Other" category represents employment by public schools, hospitals, military, prisons, mobile clinics, universities and Native American reservation clinics.

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