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Minnesota Dental Hygienist Salary

At $71,261, the 2014 median dental hygienist salary in Minnesota was close to the 2013 national average. Median salaries were generally lower in the state’s metropolitan regions, although the median salary in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area was above the state’s average:

  • Duluth-Superior $65,749
  • Fargo-Moorhead $65,749
  • Grand Forks $63,211
  • La Crosse $59,842
  • Mankato-North Mankato $68,723
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul $72,842
  • Rochester $68,827
  • Saint Cloud $71,261
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Minnesota Dental Hygienist Employment Levels

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) projects that the number of dental hygienist positions will increase by 11.5% in the period between 2012 and 2022.

Most of Minnesota’s dental hygienists are located in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. In 2013, 67.8% of the state’s 4,530 dental hygiene professionals were employed in this metropolitan area. The Minneapolis-St. Paul area had the fifth highest dental hygienist employment level of any metropolitan area in the country that year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Employment levels in the other Minnesota metropolitan areas were much lower. The area with the second largest number of dental hygienists was the Duluth-Superior area with 270 professionals. Two hundred and twenty dental hygienists practiced in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

The rate of projected job growth will be particularly high in the central Minnesota planning region. The DEED projects a 30.3% increase in the number of jobs in this region. The greatest number of available dental hygienist jobs is expected to be in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Projections suggest that there will be 1,150 total dental hygienist job openings during the ten-year period ending in 2022.

The US Department of Labor provides a detailed breakdown of 2013 Minnesota dental hygienist salary percentiles by location:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Duluth MN-WI
270
62910
Fargo ND-MN
220
62570
Grand Forks ND-MN
100
61730
La Crosse WI-MN
160
61130
Mankato-North Mankato MN
80
67290
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI
3070
72250
Rochester MN
190
66100
St. Cloud MN
180
70960
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
250
64350
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
110
65340
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
180
67060
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
240
64800