The field of dental hygiene is growing at a rapid rate in New Jersey. The state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development projects a 25.1% increase in the number of dental hygienist jobs over the ten-year period ending in 2022.
The 2013 average dental hygienist salary in New Jersey was significantly higher than the national average for this field, at $80,460. Dental hygienists in the 75th percentile earned $89,810 on average, while those in the 25th percentile averaged $75,790.
The highest average New Jersey dental hygienist salary in all categories was in Cumberland County:
Dental Hygienist Job Growth Projections in New Jersey Counties
The projected increase in dental hygienist jobs in New Jersey was much higher in some counties than others. It was more than 56% higher than the state’s average in Gloucester County:
- Gloucester County 4%
- Camden County 7%
- Salem County 1%
- Bergen County 1%
- Passaic County 6%
- Monmouth County 4%
- Warren County 2%
- Union County 4%
In 2012, there were 5,580 dental hygienists employed in New Jersey. They were primarily concentrated in the major metropolitan areas. The Edison area had the greatest number of New Jersey’s dental hygienists with 1,980. The Newark-Union area had the second greatest concentration of these professionals, with 1,400 dental hygienists practicing there.
The US Department of Labor also provides additional details on 2013 New Jersey dental hygiene salary percentiles in key regions throughout the state: