The average dental hygienist salary in Louisiana is $59,980.91 (annually) and $28.84 (hourly). This puts Louisiana in 41st place in terms of average salary; it pays roughly $7,000 less than the national average salary. Louisiana employs 1,480 dental hygienists, roughly the same number as Kentucky (1,400). The employment concentration in Louisiana is 8.172 dental hygienists per one thousand jobs, which is 8.818 below the national employment concentration. It is unclear as to the reason for this difference.
Dental Hygienist Salary in Louisiana by City
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New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner and Shreveport-Bossier are the best cities to look for a job in if you are a dental hygienist. The first has an average salary of $63,580, and the second’s average salary is $61,040. Even though these are below the national average, both of these salaries would be more than acceptable for many people looking for work. Baton Rouge and Lafayette have the lowest average salaries in Louisiana, at $56,000 and $52,510 respectively, well below the national average salary.
Dental Hygienist Salary in Louisiana by Area
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The New Iberia Nonmetropolitan Area of Louisiana pays the highest average salary in the state ($65,920), which is slightly above the national average. The Natchitoches Nonmetropolitan Area has the lowest average salary, $58,090, about $9,000 less than the national average. The remaining regions of Louisiana fall between these two areas in terms of their average salaries.