Iowa is relatively close to the middle of road, so to speak, when it comes to the average salary for dental hygienists compared to other states in the country. It ranks 21st at $66,113.33 annually and $31.78 hourly. However, states number 20 through 23 are very closely grouped, within a few hundred dollars of each other, so with economic changes, Iowa easily could move slightly up or down the list of average salaries.
Iowa is a moderate employer of dental hygienists. There are 2,420 throughout the state. This puts them in the top half of states when ranked by number of dental hygienists employed by each state. Iowa has an employment concentration of 16.045, just barely lower than the national employment concentration of 16.99 dental hygienists per thousand jobs.
Dental Hygienist Salary in Iowa by Area
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All four main regions of Iowa pay relatively high salaries to dental hygienists, and three of the four have average salaries above the national average. Southwest, Northwest, and Northeast Iowa Nonmetropolitan Areas have average salaries beginning at $66,170. Southwest Iowa Nonmetropolitan Area has the highest average salary ($68,450). The Southeast Iowa Nonmetropolitan Area has the lowest average salary of the different areas in Iowa ($63,400). Regardless of which area you look for a job in, you likely will find a job that provides you with a comfortable lifestyle.
Dental Hygienist Salary in Iowa by City
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Ames ($72,000), Cedar Rapids ($71,150), and Des Moines and West Des Moines ($69,000) are the top-paying cities in Iowa. Several other cities would be good choices for dental hygienists searching for jobs. Waterloo-Cedar Falls has the lowest average salary at $60,870, yet this still can provide a comfortable living depending on your lifestyle.