Percentage of open dental hygienist positions by geography, practice type

More than half of dental hygienist positions at practices in the top 20 largest cities are open, according to a recent poll from the American Dental Association. 

The data was collected as part of the ADA's monthly "Economic Outlook and Emerging Issues" poll for May. 

Nationally, 22 percent of dental hygiene positions were unfilled in dental practices in May. 

Here is the percentage of open dental hygienist positions as a share of total hygienist positions in the practice:

By geography

Top 20 cities: 51 percent

Other urban: 19 percent

Suburban: 17 percent

Rural: 19 percent

By DSO affiliation

DSO affiliated: 24 percent

Non-DSO affiliated: 22 percent

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