Pennsylvania pays its dental hygienists a rather low salary when compared to other states throughout the country. It only is ranked 44th out of the 50 states, with an average annual salary of $49,459.50 and an hourly wage of $28.59. This is similar to, although still lower than, Louisiana, North Dakota, and Georgia.
Even though it ranks low in terms of its average salary, Pennsylvania is one of the highest ranking states when counting the number of dental hygienists it employs. There are 18,340 of these healthcare professionals in the state, putting Pennsylvania in 3rd place in the nation, behind only California and Wisconsin. There are 28.299 dental hygienists per one thousand jobs in Pennsylvania, 11.309 above the national job concentration.
Dental Hygienist Salary in Pennsylvania by City
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Pennsylvania’s cities vary widely in their average annual salaries. At the very top end, New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA, has an average annual salary of $78,420. This is about $11,000 higher than the national average and almost $28,000 higher than the state’s average. On the very low end is Erie, which only has an average annual salary of $48,900. These are the extremes. The remaining cities in Pennsylvania have average annual salaries that range from the low $50,000’s to the mid $60,000’s. Based on this information, even if you didn’t find a job in the top paying city, you still could find a job as a dental hygienist in many other cities that would have an average salary high enough to provide a good living, even if it is below the national average because average salaries in Pennsylvania overall tend to be lower than those for dental hygienists.
Dental Hygienist Salary in Pennsylvania by Area
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The average salary in most of the regions in Pennsylvania lies in the $50,000’s or $60,000’s. The one exception is the Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division, which has an average annual salary of $79,940. So if you are a dental hygienist looking for a job in Pennsylvania, you might want to start your search in this region of the state. Some other regions in the state that pay well are the Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division ($68,100), which pays above the national average, and the East Central Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan Area ($63,070). On the lower end of the continuum is the Far Western Pennsylvania Nonmetropolitan area, which has an average annual salary of only $53,210).