South Carolina is 47th place in the United States for the average salary it pays its dental hygienists. They earn an average of $26.48 per hour or $50,077.68 per year, about $17,000 less than the national average annual salary for dental hygienists. South Carolina ranks higher in terms of the number of dental hygienists that are employed in the state. It is in 30th place. 3,710 dental hygienists work in South Carolina. The employment concentration is 17.806, .816 higher than the national employment concentration.
Dental Hygienist Salary in South Carolina by City
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When looking at specific cities in South Carolina to find a job as a dental hygienist, if you want to go where you’ll find the highest average salary, you should begin your search in Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC. The average annual salary for dental hygienists here is $69,950, which is almost $2,000 above the national average and is almost $13,000 above the average for South Carolina as a whole. It is here that you are most likely to find a high paying job. If you need an alternative, a good one would be Florence, where the average salary is $64,300. This still is well above the state average and would provide for a comfortable lifestyle for most people. The cities of Sumter and Spartanburg by far have the lowest average salaries for dental hygienists in South Carolina: $43,450 and $50,720 respectively. It is possible that these salaries are so much lower because the average salary for all jobs in these cities is lower, which affects that of dental hygienists. If this is the case, having a lower salary as a dental hygienist might not matter as much; you would need to further research to determine what the economic situation in each of these situations is.
Dental Hygienist Salary in South Carolina by Area
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There are four major regions in South Carolina that have had their average annual salary for dental hygienists calculated. They center right around the average for the state as a whole, with $50,077.68 roughly in the middle of the range of average salaries seen in these regions. The Lower Savannah South Carolina Nonmetropolitan Area has the highest average annual salary ($56,800), followed closely by the Low Country South Carolina Nonmetropolitan Area ($56,160). The Upper Savannah South Carolina Nonmetropolitan Area ($41,750) has the lowest average salary for dental hygienists in the state, just below the Pee Dee South Carolina Nonmetropolitan Area ($51,220). All of these regions’ averages are below the national average salary for dental hygienists, but if you want to find a job in South Carolina, your best bet is to look in the Lower Savannah area where you are most likely to find the highest salary in the state.