California is a desirable state to live in if you work as a dental hygienist. On average, a dental hygienist earns $43.17 per hour, or $89,801.52 each year working in this state. These numbers far exceed the national average of 67,212.55 yearly. California ranks 2nd in the United States for dental hygienist wages, with only Nevada ahead of it.
There are 30,730 dental hygienists working in California, with the largest number of them employed in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana area (7,050). Hanford-Corcoran has the fewest number (40) of dental hygienists in the state. The employment concentration of dental hygienists in California is not close to the national average of 16.99 dental hygienists per thousand jobs. It is 49.984, a huge difference. Perhaps this is a result of California being an affluent state overall, so more people can afford to take care of their teeth, which thus requires the services of dental hygienists.
Dental Hygienist Salary in California by City
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There are three cities in California that pay very high salaries for dental hygienists: Vallejo-Fairfield ($104,270), Santa Cruz-Watsonville ($101,350), and San Francisco-Oakland-Freemont ($101,300). All three of these are over $34,000 higher than the national average. No matter what city you go to, however, you can find a comfortable salary of over $65,000; no city in California pays less than the national average for dental hygienists’ salaries.
Dental Hygienist Salary in California by Area
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The most affluent area in California in terms of wages for dental hygienists is the San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City region. Here, a dental hygienist can earn, on average, $51.30 per hour or $106,700 each year. Two other areas that would also provide substantial wages to Californian dental hygienists are the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division ($98,750) and the Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division ($97,600). Although the lowest paying area of California, the North Valley Region of California Nonmetropolitan Area still provides a comfortable salary of $84,680.