According to a 2013 report published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) there are 2,270 licensed dental hygienists in the state of Iowa. The BLS predicts that dental hygienist jobs will increase 33 percent between 2012 and 2022. This much-faster-than-average job growth rate is at least partially due to the increasing information about the link between oral and general health.
Figures for 2012 published by the Iowa Department of Workforce Development list the estimated and predicted dental hygienist employment numbers at 2,035 and 2,575 respectively, which represents an annual growth rate of 2.65 and an increase of 540 jobs. The 105 annual dental hygienist job openings are said to be made up of 56 new and 50 replacement jobs.
Salary and Wage Information for Dental Hygienists in Iowa
The following is a salary/wage comparison of national and state figures:
Iowa Workplace Development Salary and Wage Figures for Dental Hygienists are:
- Entry Level Wage. – $27.74/hr
- Mean Annual Salary – $67,195
- Median Annual Salary – $68,016
- Experienced Annual Salary – $71,946
- Mean Wage – $32.31/hr
- Median Wage – $34.59/hr
Dental Hygienist Salaries in Various Iowa Areas
Salaries often vary between cities as well as metropolitan versus rural areas.
The following BLS table lists dental hygienist salaries in some different areas of Iowa.