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Florida Dental Hygienist Salary

Both the federal and state government identify Florida as a hotbed of job opportunities for dental hygienists. In 2013, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics heralded Florida as having the third highest employment level for dental hygienists in the nation.

In addition, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity included dental hygienists in their exclusive list of high demand occupations for 2014-2015.

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During this short-term projection period, the state government expects the dental hygienist profession to experience a 3.39% job growth rate. This growth will likely result in roughly 569 job openings per year.

According to the most current wage reports From the Department of Economic Opportunity, Florida dental hygienists earn an average salary of $62,238/yr. or $29.92/hr. However, these professionals may also earn:

  • An entry-level average salary of $45,884/yr. or $22.06/hr.
  • A median average salary of $64,274/yr. or $30.90/hr.
  • An experienced average salary of $70,415/yr. or $33.85/hr.

Salary and Wage Percentiles for Dental Hygienists in Florida

Dental hygienists in Florida typically earn between $40,000 and $80,000 annually. Employees that receive higher-end salaries typically have college degrees, years of field experience, and considerable training prior to being hired.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2013, dental hygienist salary and wage percentiles in Florida were as follows:

Dental Hygienist Salaries

  • 10th Percentile: $39, 600/yr.
  • 25th Percentile: $51,700/yr.
  • Median Percentile: $63,100/yr.
  • 75th Percentile: $71,900/yr.
  • 90th Percentile: $78,500/yr.

Dental Hygienist Wages

  • 10th Percentile: $19.04/hr.
  • 25th Percentile: $24.87/hr.
  • Median Percentile: $30.34/hr.
  • 75th Percentile: $34.56/hr.
  • 90th Percentile: $37.76/hr.

Regional Salaries and Wages for Dental Hygienists in Florida

A dental hygienist’s salary and wage earning potential may differ depending upon their regional placement of employment. In 2013, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics released these geographic pay averages for Florida:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL
250
67170
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin FL
80
59600
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach FL
250
59080
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach FL Metropolitan Division
1030
65560
Gainesville FL
210
54740
Jacksonville FL
770
61770
Lakeland-Winter Haven FL
270
61970
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach FL
3090
58650
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall FL Metropolitan Division
1230
51950
Naples-Marco Island FL
220
77310
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota FL
360
57390
Ocala FL
190
59330
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford FL
980
65060
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville FL
440
61700
Palm Coast FL
40
65000
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach FL
80
55390
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent FL
310
51520
Port St. Lucie FL
190
60880
Punta Gorda FL
90
68510
Sebastian-Vero Beach FL
100
65930
Tallahassee FL
190
55310
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater FL
1520
63400
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach FL Metropolitan Division
840
60040
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area
80
60580
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area
150
60100
South Florida nonmetropolitan area
110
73250