The number of dental hygienist jobs in Mississippi is projected to increase by 17.1% between 2010 and 2020 according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES).
Experienced dental hygienists in Mississippi earned an average of $57,710 in 2014. The average 2014 Mississippi dental hygienist salary was $50,240, while professionals entering the field averaged $35,300.
The average salaries were higher in Mississippi’s major metropolitan areas with the highest being in the Gulfport-Biloxi area according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security:
Dental Hygienist Job Growth in Mississippi
In 2014, there were 1,060 professionals working in the dental hygiene field in Mississippi. They were primarily located outside of the major metropolitan centers. Only 17% of the state’s dental hygienists were employed in the Jackson area that year, while 10% were located in the Gulfport-Biloxi area. An additional 10% worked in the Hattiesburg area.
The MDES projects dental hygienist job growth rates to be higher than average in three of Mississippi’s major metropolitan areas. The Hattiesburg area is expected to have the highest level of dental hygienist job growth with a 20% increase, while the number of jobs in the Pascagoula area will increase by 18.2%. The rate of increase in the Jackson area is expected to be slightly above the state’s average at 17.6%.
The Mississippi Department of Employment Security projects that 210 dental hygienist jobs will become available during the ten-year period leading up to 2020. Sixty of these jobs will be in the Jackson area, while thirty will be in the Hattiesburg area.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics also provides an analysis of 2013 Mississippi dental hygienist salary percentiles in both metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas of the state: