West Virginia is in area of great growth in the dental hygienist profession. There were 1,110 hygienists employed in the state as of 2012. Based on the average job growth rate for the dental hygienist profession, West Virginia’s dental practitioners community can expect to see a 33% increase in the number of jobs by the year 2022.
The following is a breakdown of the average annual salary and the average hourly wage statistics for dental hygienists in West Virginia as a whole:
- Entry-level dental hygienist – $41,450 per year ($19.91 per hour)
- Mid-level dental hygienist – $51,500 per year ($24.75 per hour)
- Experienced dental hygienist – $63,200 per year ($30.38 per hour)
The West Virginia Board of Dentistry (WVBD) governs the dental hygienist profession, along with all other dental professions in the state. The board consists of nine total members, made up of dentists, dental hygienists, and one citizen member.
The complete salary and wage data for West Virginia can be seen on the following table constructed from data gathered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2013: