Dental Hygienist Salary
A dental hygienist works alongside a licensed dentist and is a licensed dental health care professional. The job of a dental hygienist is to educate and treat people about oral hygiene and dental care. They work along the lines of prevention, about avoiding the worst case scenarios and adopting the right preventive measures from the very beginning. These preventive measures include various procedures of oral health care like cleaning your teeth and revving plague and tartar, and taking proper healthy care of your gums. They also provide knowledge to the patients about the various bacterial infections that can end up causing severe mouth diseases.
A dental hygienist also might take X-rays of a patients mouth, and thus give a more informed medical care. They suggest patients about the correct and proper dental care, and they also apply sealants and give fluoride treatments.
Just like the other occupations, the a dental hygienist salary also depends on various aspects like the work they provide, the location where the hygienist will work in, the work setting and the number of years of experience he has as a dental hygienist. The job is stable, and a dental hygienist’s salary is regular, even during uncertain times like now with the current state of economy.
Many facilities are on the lookout for dental hygienist as there is an increasing need for healthcare professionals who are qualified. Actually this particular occupation has grown at a much faster rate as compared to the average occupation and is predicted to do in the future as well. The chief reason for the growth of the occupation is the growing awareness about the importance of oral hygiene and preventive oral measures. Good health is connected to good oral health and there are many research papers to prove the same, this is a major reason of the increase in the public awareness and the need to take better care of their teeth and gums.
It’s common knowledge that if the demand is exceeding the supply the prices go higher, such is the case with the Dental Hygienist’s Salary. In the year 2012, in USA the average Dental hygienists salary is between 31,445$ to 105,600$, with the highest average salary in the state of Alaska and Washington, where as Alabama has the lowest average salary. As per the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are roughly around 181,700 dental hygienists in the United States. As the demand for dental hygienists rises, it is expected that by the year 2020 there will be 38% more dental hygienists.
For a Dental Hygienist the average hourly rate can fall anywhere from 17.5$ to 45$, depending on the work skills, geographical location and work setting. A Dental Hygienist generally works in the day, but during overtime they are paid anything between 0.71$ to 73.40$ per hour. Bonuses in a Dental hygienists salary is common, and they may get as much as 3500$ per annum as a bonus.