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Texas Dental Hygienist Salary

As of May 2103, Texas was home to the second highest number of dental hygienists of any state in the country, with 12,590 hygienists licensed in the state that year. Between the years 2012 and 2022, dental hygienist employment throughout the country is set to grow tremendously, at an average rate of 33.3%.

Texas is also home to the sixth and ninth ranked metropolitan regions with the highest dental hygienist employment levels in the United States: the Dallas-Plano-Irving metropolitan area is home to 2,910 dental hygienists, while the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area employs 2,650 dental hygienists.

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Annual salary data for entry, mid-career and experienced dental hygienists throughout the state of Texas is as follows:

  • Entry level dental hygienists: $57,961 per year ($27.87 per hour)
  • Mid level dental hygienists: $71,396 per year ($34.33 per hour)
  • Experienced dental hygienists: $78,114 per year ($37.55 per hour)

The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners has been around since 1905, and currently consists of 15 total members: eight dentists, two dental hygienists, and five public members. The board is elected to serve staggered six-year terms and is responsible for licensing, disciplining, and regulating dental hygienists and other dental professionals in Texas.

The following table, provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, has more in-depth hourly wage and annual salary information for all the regions in Texas (2013):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Abilene TX
Estimate not released
42650
Amarillo TX
Estimate not released
63100
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos TX
820
75280
Beaumont-Port Arthur TX
180
51630
Brownsville-Harlingen TX
100
50410
College Station-Bryan TX
100
65540
Corpus Christi TX
150
57920
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX
4210
77070
Dallas-Plano-Irving TX Metropolitan Division
2910
77630
El Paso TX
380
59680
Fort Worth-Arlington TX Metropolitan Division
1300
75810
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown TX
2650
73400
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood TX
140
70460
Laredo TX
Estimate not released
66310
Longview TX
120
59020
Lubbock TX
130
46470
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission TX
220
60590
Midland TX
90
64780
Odessa TX
50
64280
San Angelo TX
40
69970
San Antonio-New Braunfels TX
Estimate not released
69100
Sherman-Denison TX
Estimate not released
82040
Texarkana-Texarkana TX-AR
50
65880
Tyler TX
80
71400
Victoria TX
60
49930
Waco TX
100
72270
Wichita Falls TX
Estimate not released
56830
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area
260
65920
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
120
63520
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area
290
62140
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
240
56460
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area
120
76120