The future of dental hygienist’s in South Dakota is looking up, with an expected increase in job openings of around 21% between 2012 and 2022. There are currently 490 dental hygienists employed throughout the state, but because of the relatively low population, there are still approximately 1.23 licensed hygienists for every 1,000 residents.
The average annual salary and hourly wage data for dental hygienists in South Dakota is broken down into the following levels:
- Entry level – $52,725/year ($25.36/hour)
- Mid level – $60,600/year ($29.15/hour)
- Experienced – $72,260/year ($34.74/hour)
The South Dakota State Board of Dentistry is tasked with regulating, licensing, and disciplining dental professionals throughout the state, including dental hygienists. The board is made up of seven total members who are tasked with keeping the citizens of South Dakota safe during dental procedures.
Salary information for dental hygienists based on specific regions can be found in the following table from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2013):