Dental hygienists in Alabama earn far below the national average of $65,881.57 each year. Alabaman hygienists earn an average of $46,281.88 yearly or $22.25 per hour. This is a difference of nearly $20,000 each year. One could speculate that the reason for this large gap exists because this is a less affluent part of the country or that graduates of dental hygiene programs move out of this region into other areas of the country.
Alabama employs 3,080 dental hygienists out of the roughly 237,740 hygienists throughout the country. The concentration of dental hygienists in Alabama is approximately 28.218 per one thousand jobs, which slightly higher than the national average. While Alabama ranks in the lower 40% of states in terms of the actual number of dental hygienists employed within the state, it ranks in the top 30% in employment as measured by job concentration. These seemingly contradictory numbers could be a result of a smaller population than some of the other states that employ more dental hygienists; a smaller population would require fewer hygienists, but the concentration would be higher.
Dental Hygienist Salary in Alabama by City
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The highest paying cities for dental hygienists are Columbus, GA-AL, and Huntsville, AL, with salaries of $65,640 and $52,310 respectively. Although these are the top two cities in Alabama (Columbus is almost at the national average), even between them there is a large gap. The cities of Florence-Muscle Shoals and Montgomery have the lowest salaries for dental hygienists. Both pay less than $42,000 per year. There likely are several factors that result in this lower salary for dental hygienists in these cities, although it calls for some speculation.
Dental Hygienist Salary in Alabama by Area
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The highest paying area of Alabama for dental hygienists is the Southwest Alabama Nonmetropolitan Area. Here, the average salary is $46,040 per year, which is about the same as the average for Alabama as a whole. The Northwest Alabama Nonmetropolitan Area is the lowest paying region within the state, with an average salary of $39,740. This is roughly $25,500 less than the national average.