Missouri pays a fair bit less than the national average ($70,770 compared to $67,212.55). It ranks 32nd in the country, very similar to New York, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Arkansas.
Missouri only is ranked 43rd in the nation for the number of dental hygienists it employs. There are 640 of these health care professionals throughout the state. This is right between Nebraska and Montana. There are 5.998 dental hygienists per one thousand jobs in Missouri.
Dental Hygienist Salary in Missouri by City
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If you want to know a specific city to look for a dental hygienist job in that has the highest average salary in Missouri, check in Columbia where hygienists can earn roughly $72,560 per year. Jefferson City is a good alternative if Columbia is not an option for you for some reason. The lowest average salary in Missouri is found in Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO. It is $45,220, about $22,000 lower than the national average.
Dental Hygienist Salary in Missouri by Area
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In the North Missouri Nonmetropolitan Area, the average annual salary is $69,230, roughly $2,000 higher than the national average and about $6,000 higher than the average salary in Missouri. Central Missouri Nonmetropolitan Area has an average annual salary of $65,320, and Southwest Missouri Nonmetropolitan Area’s average annual salary is $62,080. Therefore, if you’re looking for the highest paying job, you would want to look in the North Missouri area, but the other two regions also pay well.