The average hourly pay for dental hygienists is $34.60, as of May 2014, as reported by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average annual salary of a dental hygienist is about $71,970.
The state with the highest reported hourly wage for dental hygienists is the District of Columbia with $45.95 followed by California with $45.37. The lower 10 percent of dental hygienist reported salary was less than $46,540, while the top 10 percent of dental hygienists earned more than $96,280. The employment of dental hygienists is projected to rise 33 percent from 2012 to 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2015. The number of employed dental hygienists, as of 2012, was 192,800 with the projected in 2022 to be 256,900.