Colorado pays higher than the national average wages for dental hygienists. In this state, a dental hygienist earns approximately $75,958.18 annually and $36.52 hourly. One reason for this could be that Colorado as a whole tends to be relatively educated state. With a greater percentage of college graduates than some other states, there must be higher salaries to pay these more highly educated people in order to keep them from leaving the state to seek work elsewhere. This could be one explanation for the higher salaries for dental hygienists.
Colorado employs 3,620 dental hygienists statewide. This translates into 18.74 dental hygienists per one thousand jobs, which is 1.75 higher than the national employment concentration. Colorado is 21st in terms of how many dental hygienists the state employs.
Dental Hygienist Salary in California by Area
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In Colorado, the Western Colorado Nonmetropolitan area provides the highest salaries for dental hygienists at an average of $83,090 per year. The Central Colorado Nonmetropolitan area has the lowest average salary ($70,161), but this still is about $3,000 above the national average. Therefore any region in Colorado would be a good place to look for a dental hygienist job.
Dental Hygienist Salary in Colorado by City
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If you want to move to a city that pays the highest salary in Colorado, look at Denver-Aurora-Broomfield. In these cities the average wages for a dental hygienist are $38.77 per hour or $80,650 annually. If you do not want to live in a big city but still want to earn a high salary, look into Greeley ($79,060). The lowest paying cities for dental hygienists are Fort Collins and Loveland at $66,730.