As is the case nationally, jobs in the field of dental hygiene are expected to increase in Massachusetts in the coming years. The state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) projects a 19.86% increase in the number of dental hygienist jobs between 2012 and 2022.
Some 97% of Massachusetts’s dental hygienists worked in healthcare services earned an average salary of $79,740 a year in 2013. Those entering the workforce earned $65,940 on average, while those with experience averaged $86,870.
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Dental Hygienist Salaries in Massachusetts Workforce Investment Areas
The average 2013 Massachusetts dental hygienist salary varied a great deal between Workforce Investment Areas (WIA). For instance, dental hygienists in the Metro South/West area averaged $86,230, while those in the Berkshire County area earned $63,390 on average:
Cape & Islands
Lower Merrimack Valley
In 2012, some 5,800 dental hygienists were employed in Massachusetts. The EOLWD predicts an average of 266 dental hygiene jobs a year will become available in the state. Most of these jobs will be to replacement retirees, while 116 will be due to growth in the field.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides information on 2013 dental hygienist salary percentiles in different areas of Massachusetts:
Annual mean wage
Barnstable Town, MA
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA NECTA Division
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton MA NECTA Division
Framingham MA NECTA Division
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury MA-NH NECTA Division
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem MA-NH NECTA Division
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford MA-NH NECTA Division
Nashua NH-MA NECTA Division
New Bedford MA
Estimate not released
Peabody MA NECTA Division
Providence-Fall River-Warwick RI-MA
Taunton-Norton-Raynham MA NECTA Division
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area