Kentucky has one of the lowest average salaries for dental hygienists in the United States. It is rated 47th in the nation. The average salary is $54,767 annually and $26.33 hourly. However, Kentucky is ranked higher, at 34th, in terms of the number of dental hygienists employed (1,400) when compared to the other 49 states. There are 11.262 dental hygienists per one thousand jobs in Kentucky, which is 5.728 less than the national employment concentration.
Dental Hygienist Salary in Kentucky by City
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Cincinnati-Middletown (Tricity) and Evansville, IN-KY are the two cities that have the highest average salaries in Kentucky. Cincinnati pays dental hygienists roughly $65,970, and Evansville has an average salary of $60,930. Although these cities have the highest average salaries in Kentucky, only Cincinnati is in close alignment with the national average. Owensboro has the lowest average salary in Kentucky ($51,380).
Dental Hygienist Salary in Kentucky by Area
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Although all four major regions in Kentucky pay less than the national average salary, two of them pay significantly more than the others: the West Central Kentucky Nonmetropolitan Area ($58,270) and the West Kentucky Nonmetropolitan Area ($56,580). These two regions likely are more desirable for dental hygienists seeking work than the South Central Kentucky Nonmetropolitan Area, which has an average salary of $47,800, and the East Kentucky Nonmetropolitan Area, with an average salary of $45,540.