Illinois is below average compared to other states in the average wages it pays its dental hygienists; it ranks 37th in the nation. Dental hygienists earn an average of $60,482 per year and $29.08 hourly. Illinois employs 4,050 dental hygienists, which puts it in 18th place for number of hygienists employed within the state. It is close behind New Hampshire and Connecticut. Illinois’s employment concentration is 24.231, 14.51 higher than the national average.
Dental Hygienist Salary in Illinois by City
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St. Louis, MO-IL, ($70,470), Springfield ($68,880), and Rockford ($68,300) pay the highest salaries in Illinois. It is possible that this is because they are some of the most affluent cities in the state. Peoria and Bloomington-Normal have the lowest salaries in Illinois. They only pay $53,340 and $53,300, which is approximately $14,000 less than the national average.
Dental Hygienist Salary in Illinois by Area
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The Northwest Illinois Nonmetropolitan Area pays an average salary that is significantly higher than the other regions within the state, so if you’re looking for the highest paying job possible in Illinois you may want to start your search here. The average hourly wages are $34.24, and the average yearly salary is $71,220. In addition to being higher than the other regions in Illinois, this salary is about $4,000 higher than the national average. The East Illinois Nonmetropolitan Area would be a good second choice, with an average salary of $66,740. In the South Illinois Nonmetropolitan Area, the average salary only is $45,350, so this probably would be a better choice if you don’t need as high of an income in order to accommodate your lifestyle.