The field of dental hygiene is experiencing high levels of growth throughout the U.S., including Montana. The number of dental hygienist jobs in the state is expected to increase by 31.3% between 2012 and 2022 according to the Montana Department of Labor and Industry (DIL).
The median 2013 dental hygienist salary in Montana was $68,770, while the average was $67,510. The median Montana dental hygienist salary varied in the various areas of the state, with the highest in East Montana.
The highest average salary was in the central part of the state:
The average dental hygienist salaries varied depending on the type of employer:
- Public administration—state $65,451
- Office of dentists $65,008
- Office of physicians $62,199
- Public administration—federal $53,260
Montana Dental Hygienist Employment Levels
In 2013, 650 dental hygienists worked in Montana. Both the Missoula and Billings areas had high numbers of these professionals. One hundred and thirty dental hygienists were employed in the Missoula area, while 120 worked in the Billings area. Only 60 dental hygienists worked in the Great Falls area that year.
The local area of southwest Montana also had high employment levels with 190 dental hygienists employed there. The west Montana local area had far fewer dental hygienists. Seventy such professionals were employed there. Only 40 dental hygienists worked in both the east and central areas of Montana.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics also provides detailed information on the 2013 Montana dental hygiene salaries throughout metropolitan and nonmetropolitan parts of the state: