Illinois is currently home to a vast number of dental hygienists. In fact, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in May 2013, the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville district held the second highest employment level among all metropolitan areas in the entire country.
According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, job prospects for dental hygienists will continue to grow. The latest employment statistics indicate that approximately 8,606 dental hygienists are presently employed throughout the state. Yet, this workforce is expected to need nearly 350 jobs openings filled annually through 2020.
Recent reports by the Illinois Department of Employment Security show that dental hygienists are earning an average median salary of $66,145/yr. and an average median wage of $31.80/hr.
In Illinois, an average lower entry-level wage for dental hygienists is $46,699/yr. or $22,45/hr. By comparison, an average higher experienced-level wage for dental hygienists is $80,931/yr. or $38.91/hr.
Average Salary and Wage Percentiles for Dental Hygienists in Illinois
In 2013, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics found dental hygienists in Illinois were earning in following salary percentiles:
- 10th Percentile: $38,900/yr.
- 25th Percentile: $52,500/yr.
- Median Percentile: $67,500/yr.
- 75th Percentile: $81,700/yr.
- 90th Percentile: $90,900/yr.
Of course, not all dental hygienists are offered salaried pay. Therefore, here are the wage percentiles in that same year:
- 10th Percentile: $18.70/hr.
- 25th Percentile: $25.26/hr.
- Median Percentile: $32.43/hr.
- 75th Percentile: $39.27/hr.
- 90th Percentile: $43.72/hr.
Salary and Wage Statistics for Dental Hygienists by Location
Average salary and wage averages for dental hygienists in Illinois often vary between geographic locations. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics has created the following table to show how dental hygienist earnings were impacted by region of employment in 2013: