Maine’s average annual salary for dental hygienists is $71,070, and its average hourly wage is $34.17. This annual salary is about $4,000 higher than the national average, which makes Maine’s average salary 17th highest in the country. Maine employs 1,250 dental hygienists, which puts it in 35th place, just below Kentucky. There are 13.293 dental hygienists per one thousand jobs in Maine, 3.697 lower than the country’s employment concentration for dental hygienists.
Dental Hygienist Salary in Maine by City
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When looking for a job, a dental hygienist in Maine likely would want to look in Lewiston-Auburn. Here, the average salary is $81,290, which is well above both the average salary in Maine ($71,070) and the national average ($67,212.55). This would be an ideal spot for dental hygienists who want to earn a very high salary for the work they do. Portsmouth, NH-ME, ($74,550) and Rochester-Dover, NH-ME, ($75,490) also would be good locations to seek a job as a dental hygienist. Bangor would be the least desirable place to look if you’re seeking a high salary, because the average there only is $65,860. However, this still is almost the same as the national average.
Dental Hygienist Salary in Maine by Area
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The Southwest Maine Nonmetropolitan Area has an average salary of roughly $9,000 higher than the national average. Dental hygienists in this region earn an average of $76,760 per year. In the Northeast Maine Nonmetropolitan Area, the average salary only is $54,500, $13,000 lower than the national average. So if you are looking for a job that pays a higher salary, you would want to look in the first area mentioned rather than the second.