Dental hygienists can expect bright futures in California. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Golden State is rated among the top states for employment opportunities and high paying jobs for this growing occupation.
As of May 2013:
- California employed the highest number of dental hygienists in the US (21,930)
- California was the second highest paying state for dental hygienists ($93,920 annually)
- The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale area district employed the most dental hygienists of all metropolitan divisions in the nation (5,340)
- The San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City area district was the highest paying metropolitan division in the nation ($112,970 annually)
- The Northern Mountains Region held the highest concentration of dental hygienist jobs among all nonmetropolitan divisions in the nation (270)
Dental Hygienist Wages and Salaries by County in California
In the 1st Quarter of 2014, the California Employment Development Department reported that dental hygienists were earning an average annual salary of $100,312 and an average hourly wage of $48.23. During this period, the top paying counties for dental hygienists included:
- Solano County: $108,152/yr.
- Sonoma County: $106,959/yr.
- Santa Cruz County: $106,453/yr.
- Los Angeles County: $105,239/yr.
- San Benito/Santa Clara Counties: $103,053/yr.
In 2013, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics determined the wage and salary percentiles for dental hygienists employed in California were as follows:
- 10th Percentile: $62,300/yr. or $29.94/hr.
- 25th Percentile: $82,800/yr. or $39.80/hr.
- Median Percentile: $99,200/yr. or $47.67/hr.
- 75th Percentile: $111,500/yr. or $53.62/hr.
- 90th Percentile: $119,000/yr. or $57.20/hr.
Dental Hygienist Wages and Salaries by Regional District in California
A dental hygienist’s regional district of employment often impacts their salary and wage. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics has compiled the following table to outline pay differentiations for dental hygienists according to geographic placement (2013):