In 2013, there were 450 hygienists employed throughout the whole of Wyoming. By the year 2022, the projected number of dental hygienists employed in the state is expected to 550. This is a 24% increase in overall employment numbers, with around 20 new hygienist positions becoming available every year. Wyoming boasts a good employment ratio of 1.60 dental hygienists for every 1,000 residents.
The average annual salary numbers for dental hygienists in Wyoming can be expressed in terms of entry-level, mid-level, and experienced levels:
- Entry-level dental hygienists: $61,579/year
- Mid-career dental hygienists: $67,547/year
- Experienced dental hygienists: $73,530/year
Dental hygienists are under the jurisdiction of the Wyoming Board of Dental Examiners. The board is made up of six members, five dentists and one dental hygienist. The WBDE is mandated to protect the safety and welfare of Wyoming’s citizens by ensuring that proper standards, disciplinary processes, and licensing practices are in place for dental hygienists, among other dental practitioners.
For complete statistics about the annual salary and the employment numbers for the different regions in Wyoming, examine the following table, provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2013: