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North Carolina Dental Hygienist Salary

The North Carolina Department of Commerce showed the average 2014 entry-level dental hygienist salary in North Carolina to be $53,550. Experienced dental hygiene professionals earned an average of $72,770, while the average North Carolina dental hygienist salary was $66,360.

Dental Hygienist Salaries in North Carolina by Metropolitan Area

Dental hygiene salaries in North Carolina’s metropolitan areas varied widely according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

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The highest average salary was in the Raleigh area, while the highest entry-level salary was in the Greensboro area:

North Carolina Area
Entry-level
Experienced
Raleigh
$60240
$75400
Charlotte
$56060
$75510
Greensboro
$60450
$71390
Greenville
$57120
$72340
Rocky Mount
$47640
$76920
Winston-Salem
$57610
$71830
Wilmington
$57720
$70160
Burlington
$58870
$69500
Hickory
$58230
$68260
Durham
$54040
$66520
Fayetteville
$49900
$67990
Jacksonville
$51570
$66030
Goldsboro
$51180
$62490
Asheville
$48020
$59730

Dental Hygienist Job Growth Projections Throughout North Carolina

The number of dental hygienist jobs in North Carolina is expected to increase by 30% in the ten-year period ending in 2020. Increases are projected in all but one of North Carolina’s Workforce Development Regions. The exception is the Northwest Piedmont region. Job growth in the Centralina region during this period is projected to be even higher than in the state as a whole at 33.3%.

Projections suggest that 300 dental hygienist jobs a year will become available throughout North Carolina. Sixty percent of them will be due to growth in the field. The greatest number of jobs will be in the Capital Area region.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also provides a detailed breakdown of hourly and annual 2013 North Carolina dental hygiene salary percentiles throughout the state:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Asheville, NC
380
55830
Burlington NC
100
65960
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC
1170
69030
Durham-Chapel Hill NC
280
62360
Fayetteville NC
230
61960
Goldsboro NC
60
58720
Greensboro-High Point NC
530
67740
Greenville NC
90
67270
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton NC
170
64920
Jacksonville NC
120
61210
Raleigh-Cary NC
840
70350
Rocky Mount NC
80
67160
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News VA-NC
980
73460
Wilmington NC
290
66010
Winston-Salem NC
400
67090
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
170
59000
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
510
64070
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
320
71420
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
300
59970