Things That Determine Your Salary As A Dental Hygienist

Dental hygiene is among the fastest growing professions in the country, which means that the job prospects for dental hygienists are higher than average. Today, around 200,000 dental hygienists are employed in the country, and they are earning an average of more than $32 per hour, and an average annual salary of more than $67,000. Other attributes of their salary are as follows:

*The lowest paid 10% of dental hygienists earn an average hourly wage of more than $21, or $45,000 annually.

*The highest paid 10% earn an average hourly wage of more than $44, or $92,000 annually.

There are 2 main factors that determine the average salary of a dental hygienist. These are described in the following paragraphs.

1. Employer

A dental hygienist can be working in a wide range of organizations, with more than 95% being employed with dental offices. Other places of employment include

*Physicians office
*Hospitals
*Employment services
*Outpatient healthcare centers
*Administrative office setups

Hygienists working in physician’s offices and hospitals earn an average hourly wage of more than $29 and $27 respectively. The highest paid hygienists work in administrative office setups where they can earn an average hourly wage of around $33. Similarly, dental hygienists employed in dental offices can be earning almost equivalent but not higher hourly wages.

2. State

The average salary of a dental hygienist also varies from one state to another. The states with the highest density of dental hygienists offer lesser salary. It can be said that the increase in job availability seems to be having an effect on bringing down the average salary of a dental hygienist. For example, the density of dental hygienists to the population in Michigan is 2.3 to 1000, and the average hourly wage here is just over $28.

Alaska, California, Washington, Oregon and Nevada are among the states that offer the highest average hourly wage to dental hygienists with the average rate ranging from $46 to $37. The hygienist to population density in some of these states is 1.2 while in others it is 1.6. Santa Rosa-Petaluma, California is among the highest paying metropolitan areas, where a hygienist can expect to earn as much as $54 an hour.

The salaries mentioned here are the ones earned by dental hygienists who are employed. Fresh graduates who have recently achieved their license can expect to earn lower salaries until they are able to gain sufficient experience.


Different Types Of Income

Pay check is the money that we get as our salary or wages. Before discussing about the passive pay check, I would like to talk about the different types of income. Basically, there are 3 different types of income. They are:

1. Earned Income
2. Passive Income
3. Portfolio Income

Earned Income
Earned income or pay check is the income that we get by working in a company or in someone else’s business. We received the pay check at the end of the month for our time and service rendered. So, our time and effort are equivalent to our pay check but most of the time we feel that we get less than what we are supposed to get.

So, we work harder and harder with the hope that the employer will pay more or increase our pay check. Then what is happening after we get this earned income? We pay our bills and other expenses. Then we have left with small amount to spend. So, we can say that our earned income is directly proportional to our physical involvement and time as well as it is very limited. We cannot get a lot of money or get rich by working for other people’s business.

On the other hand, earned income is the secure way to generate income and less risky if we compare to other means of generating income because there is nothing to think a lot. So, most of the jobs will get used to be a routine and days will become no longer be a challenging life. Then, it could lead to a life of being trapped in a rat race.

Passive Income
Passive income is the income that generated without physical involvement of us. We do not have to work to get this passive income. Some instances are renting of our own flat or apartment, trading merchandize as in wholesales or retailing, selling product or service, etc.

There are a lot of ways to generate passive income. If you compare with the passive income to earned income, the advantage is that you are working for yourself and not for anybody else. The outcome of our job is only for us.

Portfolio Income
Portfolio income is most likely the same as passive income. This income is generated from paper assets like the bond, stocks, unit trust, deposits, etc. So, we need to have financial knowledge to get this portfolio income.

Furthermore, generating income from this category without proper financial education is very risky for everyone.