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Illinois Dental Hygienist Salary

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.

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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:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bloomington-Normal IL
180
53570
Cape Girardeau-Jackson MO-IL
50
62010
Champaign-Urbana IL
160
53230
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville IL Metropolitan Division
4660
70700
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville IL-IN-WI
5810
69370
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL
310
60280
Decatur IL
90
58950
Kankakee-Bradley IL
60
65710
Lake County-Kenosha County IL-WI Metropolitan Division
660
62220
Peoria IL
300
55630
Rockford IL
250
69520
St. Louis MO-IL
1700
68910
Springfield IL
160
65590
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area
200
66220
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
200
61370
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
230
56460
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area
150
52380