Are you interested in becoming a dentist or a dental hygienist and are wondering where the best location for a dental practice is? Or perhaps you are just curious about how much dentists make and how much dental hygienists make throughout the United States. Dental Care Alliance has created an infographic to highlight the cities where dentists and dental hygienists get paid the most and least as well as the overall states that pay dental hygienists the highest and the highest-paying states for dentists:
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What Is the Average Salary of a Dentist in the United States?
According to Indeed.com, the average annual salary of a dentist in the United States is $236,077. What about the average salary of a dental hygienist? Indeed.com reports that the average dental hygienist salary in the United States is $82,115 per year. So overall, occupations in the dental health field can be lucrative and secure, but it also depends on where in the United States you reside.
Where Do Dentists Get Paid the Most in the United States?
The top ten best-paying places for dentists based on annual mean wage are as follows:
- Dover-Durham, New Hampshire — $286,540
- North Port, Florida — $278,790
- Gainesville, Georgia — $271,580
- Burlington, Vermont — $266,760
- Rapid City, South Dakota — $262,070
- Longview, Texas — $251,760
- New Haven, Connecticut — $250,430
- Bridgeport, Connecticut — $250,410
- Worcester, Massachusetts — $250,000
- Providence, Rhode Island — $249,970
Where Do Dental Hygienists Get Paid the Most in the United States?
The top ten best-paying cities for dental hygienists based on annual mean wage are as follows:
- Santa Maria, California — $133,730
- San Jose, California — $120,340
- Santa Rosa, California — $118,980
- Fairbanks, Alaska — $117,760
- San Francisco, California — $117,470
- Santa Cruz, California — $116,960
- Vallejo, California — $115,050
- Napa, California — $113,870
- Bremerton, Washington — $112,900
- Riverside, California — $112,030
When observing both lists together, you may notice that the majority of the best cities for dentists are in the Northeast, while the majority of best cities for dental hygienists are on the west coast. Why do dental hygienists make so much in California? There are many elements to that, but one of the reasons is that dental hygienists are in high and rapidly increasing demand in California. Dental hygienist jobs are projected to grow by 15.3% in the next decade years, which is much faster than the average growth rate of other occupations.
What States Pay Dentists the Most?
Here are the top five states that pay dentists the highest based on annual mean wage:
- Rhode Island — $258,920
- Vermont — $254,190
- Alaska — $242,850
- Maine — $236,060
- New Hampshire — $222,430
What States Pay Dental Hygienists the Most?
Here are the top five states that pay dental hygienists the highest based on annual mean wage:
- Alaska — $115,050
- California — $109,970
- Washington — $95,450
- Nevada — $89,360
- New Jersey — $88,150