According to Rhode Island’s Board of Examiners in Dentistry, hygienists in the state earn the 13th highest average salary in the nation.
A Comparison of Rhode Island and US Dental Hygienist Salaries
Figures published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) illustrate that Rhode Island dental hygienist salaries compare very favorably with national averages.
Occupational Outlook for Dental Hygienists in Rhode Island
The BLS expects that dental hygienist jobs in Rhode Island will increase 20 percent during the current ten-year period ending 2018, meaning the 1,050 jobs in 2013 will grow to over 1,200 jobs in 2018.
In addition, the Rhode Island Department of Health has emphasized the importance of preventive dental care, especially for young children, and has instituted several programs to ensure that all of the state’s young children will have access to dental care. The Dentistry IQ Network reported in 2009 that Rhode Island ranked first in the nation with children receiving preventive dental care. More preventive care programs mean more jobs for dental hygienists.
The following table lists the BLS salary and wage data for dental hygienists in various cities and metropolitan areas of Rhode Island.