According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the number of dental hygienists employed in the state is expected to increase from 4,042 in 2013 to 5,244 by 2023.
This expansive growth indicates a 2.6% annual average increase, which exceeds the annual average growth rate of 2.2% for all occupations during this projection period. In 2013, roughly 98.3% of all dental hygienist jobs were found in the ambulatory health care services industry.
Dental Hygienist Average Salaries and Wages by Experience in Colorado
In 2013, the Department of Labor and Employment reported that dental hygienists in Colorado were earning an average salary of $77,110/yr. and an average wage of $37.07/hr.
Employees entering the field with minimal experience were often paid a lesser average salary of $62,249/yr. or an average wage of $29.93/hr.
Comparatively, employees with experience were offered a higher average salary of $84,540/yr. or an average wage of $40.64/hr.
Top Paying Metropolitan Areas for Dental Hygienists in Colorado
Areas of greater population density undoubtedly require larger numbers of health care professionals, like dental hygienists. As a result, a large percentage of dental hygienists are employed in metropolitan communities.
According to the Department of Labor and Employment, in 2013 the highest paying metropolitan areas for dental hygienists in Colorado included:
- Greeley: $80,713/yr.
- Denver-Aurora: $80,706/yr.
- Boulder-Longmont: $79,094/yr.
- Grand Junction: $77,859/yr.
- Colorado Springs: $68,647/yr.
In 2013, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics released a detailed account of geographic-specific dental hygienist salary and wage percentiles for Colorado: