Dental Hygienist Salary In Virginia

Virginia dental hygienist salary is determined by the state’s median income and the cost of living in each city. The average income for a Virginia dental hygienist is $73,000 per year.

In Virginia, dental hygienists earn an average salary of $72,000 per year. This is lower than the national average for all dental hygienists, which is $75,000 per year.

In Richmond, dental hygienists have an average salary of $76,000 per year. This is higher than both the state and national averages for this profession.

In Norfolk and Virginia Beach/Norfolk/Newport News/Hampton Roads area (which includes Chesapeake), there are over 1,000 jobs available for dental hygienists. Both cities have an average annual salary for this profession of $75,000 per year.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, dental hygienists earned an average annual salary of $72,530 in Virginia during 2016. The lowest-earning 10 percent of dental hygienists earned less than $50,690 per year, while the highest-earning 10 percent earned more than $120,660 annually.

Dental hygienist salary in Virginia is one of the highest in the country, with a mean annual wage of $63,520. The median hourly wage is $30.11.

The average dental hygienist salary in Virginia is $62,880 per year, and the average hourly rate is $29.80. The top-earning 50% of Virginia dental hygienists earn more than $68,320 per year or $34.28 per hour. The bottom 10% earn less than $42,840 per year or $21.47 per hour.

Dental Hygienist Salary In Virginia

There are currently 4,300 dental hygienists employed in the state, and that numbered is expected to grow rapidly. Between 2012 and 2022, the number of dental hygienists in Virginia is projected to climb to 6,360, a 48% jump from the current number. Virginia is second only to Georgia, by .3%, in the projected expansion of the dental hygienist occupation and ranks much better than the average national projected growth of 33%.

Salary and Wage Data for Virginia Based Dental Hygienists

Virginia is above average in annual salary and hourly wage when compared to the rest of the country.

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The following table breaks down the average hourly wage and annual salary and compares it to the average hourly wage and annual salary for dental hygienists across the United States:

  • 10th percentile (wage/salary higher than 10% of dental hygienists)
    • Virginia: $53,400/year ($25.65/hour)
    • United States: $47,900/year ($32.77/hour)
  • 25th percentile (wage/salary higher than 25% of dental hygienists)
    • Virginia: $68,200/year ($32.77/hour)
    • United States: $59,600/year ($28.66/hour)
  • 50th percentile (wage/salary higher than 50% of dental hygienists)
    • Virginia: $81,100/year ($39.00/hour)
    • United States: $92,900/year ($44.65/hour)
  • 75th percentile (wage/salary higher than 75% of dental hygienists)
    • Virginia: $92,900/year ($44.65/hour)
    • United States: $85,300/year ($41.02/hour)
  • 90th percentile (wage/salary higher than 90% of dental hygienists)
    • Virginia: $107,800/year ($51.83/hour)
    • United States: $96,700/year ($46.49/hour)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics provide a complete outline of salary and wage statistics for Virginia, sorted by region:

Area name

Employment

Hourly mean wage

Annual mean wage

Hourly median wage

Hourly 75th percentile wage

Hourly 90th percentile wage

Annual median wage

Annual 75th percentile wage

Annual 90th percentile wage

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford VA

Estimate not released

32.14

66850

33.08

37.28

42.30

68810

77540

87980

Charlottesville VA

80

39.37

81890

40.42

43.50

45.38

84080

90470

94380

Danville VA

30

27.84

57900

30.65

33.78

35.66

63750

70260

74170

Harrisonburg VA

40

41.10

85480

41.74

46.21

51.91

86820

96110

107970

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol TN-VA

160

27.52

57240

27.55

32.08

35.34

57300

66730

73510

Lynchburg VA

110

32.87

68370

32.70

35.99

41.78

68010

74860

86910

Richmond VA

780

39.06

81250

40.39

43.21

44.89

84020

89870

93380

Roanoke VA

220

35.56

73960

36.08

41.31

44.47

75040

85920

92490

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News VA-NC

980

35.32

73460

34.89

39.44

45.69

72560

82030

95040

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division

2410

42.52

88430

44.60

50.71

55.14

92760

105480

114680

Winchester VA-WV

60

40.39

84020

40.03

45.57

53.59

83270

94780

111460

Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area

140

29.04

60400

29.64

33.21

35.39

61650

69070

73610

Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area

Estimate not released

33.78

70260

31.26

35.89

52.07

65030

74650

108300

Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area

40

35.08

72960

34.46

37.54

43.38

71680

78090

90230

Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area

120

34.28

71310

36.15

43.68

51.15

75190

90860

106400

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