New Mexico’s average hourly wage is $37.35; its average yearly salary is $77,675. The state employs only 910 dental hygienists, which means it is ranked 40th in the United States for the number of hygienists it employs. The employment concentration is 7.751 dental hygienists per one thousand jobs, very close to Maryland’s employment concentration, but still 9.239 below the national employment concentration of 16.99.
Dental Hygienist Salary in New Mexico by City
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The cities in New Mexico have a wide range of average salaries. Santa Fe is on top; its average annual salary is $94,110, about $24,000 higher than the national average for dental hygienists. On the other end of the spectrum is Las Cruces, which has an average annual salary of only $67,860. Other cities fall between these two cities, many with annual salaries in the $70,000’s. So if you are looking for a high paying job in New Mexico, you probably would want to start with Santa Fe, but do not limit yourself only to this city, because there are others that have perfectly good average salaries, as well.
Dental Hygienist Salary in New Mexico by Area
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Both of the main regions in New Mexico have average annual salaries that are at least about $10,000 more than the national average for dental hygienists. You could find a job with an approximate annual salary of $79,700, or $38.32 hourly, in the North and West Central New Mexico Nonmetropolitan Area. Or you could find a job in the Eastern New Mexico Nonmetropolitan Area that has an annual salary of $76,940, which translates to about $36.99 per hour. Either of these regions would be excellent choices for a dental hygienist seeking a job in New Mexico.