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.
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):