In Arkansas, the average annual salary for a dental hygienist is $61,926.67; the average hourly rate is $29.77 per hour. Compared to the national averages, these numbers are slightly lower but not to the extreme. Arkansas actually ranks 36th in the United States. Arkansas employs 1,720 dental hygienists. There are only 12.152 dental hygienists per one thousand jobs. When compared to the national average of 16.99 per one thousand jobs, this number is lower by 4.838. This lower number of dental hygienists per thousand jobs could be a result of fewer schools in Arkansas to educate individuals in this field in order to later join the workforce or a result of those trained as hygienists moving elsewhere.
Dental Hygienist Salary in Arkansas by City
Hotsprings and Jonesboro are attractive cities for dental hygienists in search of jobs. They both have average salaries of roughly $65,000 per year or more, which is about $2,000 below the national average. The cities of Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway have an average salary of only $56,550, which is almost $5,000 less than Alabama’s average dental hygienist salary and over $10,500 less than the national average.
Dental Hygienist Salary in Arkansas by Area
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The South Arkansas Nonmetropolitan Area has the highest salaries for dental hygienists ($67,060), which is roughly the same as the national average. Central Arkansas Nonmetropolitan Area has a much lower average salary ($52,960) than other regions of the state.