In Alaska, a dental hygienist can expect to earn an average of $37.57 per hour or $78,137.50 annually, $12,000 more each year than the national average. Alaska actually ranks sixth in the nation for how much it pays its dental hygienists. One reason for this could be the relatively difficult living conditions in Alaska and the need for attractive salaries to draw dental hygienists to the area.
Alaska only employs 440 dental hygienists, much lower than the number of hygienists employed in most states. In fact, Alaska ranks 47th out of all of the states in the number of dental hygienists it employs. However, this makes sense given Alaska’s relatively small population size; a larger number of hygienists would not be necessary. Job concentration for dental hygienist is 1.59 per one thousand jobs, which is only slightly lower than the national average of 1.62 dental hygienists per one thousand jobs.
Dental Hygienist Salary in Alaska by City
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Dental Hygienist Salary in Alaska by Area
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Fairbanks provides higher paying jobs for dental hygienists ($7,5390 annually) compared to Anchorage, which pays an average of $73,270 each year. However, Anchorage employs more hygienists (270) than does Fairbanks (60). But if you’re looking for a more remote location to work in that pays well, either city would be worth considering when searching for a job.