In October 2014, the DC Department of Employment Services released a labor market analysis report stating there are approximately 490 dental hygienist currently employed in the state.
The report showed that between 2012 and 2022 the dental hygienist workforce would likely grow by 32.4%. As of 2014, at least 50% of all dental hygienists employed in Washington, DC:
- Have earned an associate’s degree
- Have at least two years of field experience
- Have completed classroom training
DC Ranked Highest Paying State for Dental Hygienists
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2013, dental hygienists working in the nation’s capital earned an astounding average salary of $93,940/yr. or an average wage of $45.16/hr.
DC’s dental hygienists receive noticeably higher salaries and wages in all major earning percentiles than the national averages for this occupation. To emphasize these high salary and wage trends in DC, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics released the following comparative data sets in 2013:
- 10th Percentile DC: $54,800/yr. or $26.36/hr.
- 10th Percentile US: $47,900/yr. or $23.02/hr.
- 25th Percentile DC: $87,000/yr. or $41.82/hr.
- 25th Percentile US: $59,600/yr. or $28.66/hr.
- Median Percentile DC: $102,200/yr. or $49.14/hr.
- Median Percentile US: $71,100/yr. or $34.19/hr.
- 75th Percentile DC: $111,300/yr. or $53.52/hr.
- 75th Percentile US: $85,300/yr. or $41.02/hr.
- 90th Percentile DC: $116,800/yr. or $56.15/hr.
- 90th Percentile US: $96,700/yr. or $46.49/hr.
Dental hygienists may earn higher or lower salary averages depending upon which major metro area they are employed in. These key salary and wage distinctions are featured in the following table (2013):