There are approximately 7,610 actively employed dental hygienists in Ohio licensed by the State Dental Board. Licensing requires completion of an accredited dental hygienist program and passing the board examination.
Each year an average of 286 students graduate from one of the 12 dental hygienists schools located throughout the Buckeye state. Their job prospects are excellent with higher-than average job growth projections.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the mean annual and hourly earnings of dental hygienists in Ohio are $64,960 and $31.23. Some other salary indicators are:
It is noted that dental hygienist salaries in Ohio vary considerably with experience, location and education. Although successful completion of an accredited two-year dental hygienist program is the minimal educational requirement, individuals who graduate with a bachelor’s or greater are more likely to earn higher salaries and be given greater responsibilities, such as administering anesthesia under supervision.
Geographic Variations in Dental Hygienist Salaries in Nonmetropolitan Areas
Dental Hygienist Salary Variations in Ohio Metropolitan Areas
The following figures are extracted from the results of a labor market survey conducted by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services between 2010 and 2013.
The following BLS table illustrates salary differences in various regions of Ohio (BLS).