Tennessee’s average annual salary for dental hygienists is well below the national average. In fact, it is ranked 45th based on the average salary states pay their dental hygienists. In Tennessee, the average annual salary only is $58,094, and the average hourly wage is $27.93. Tennessee ranks much higher based on the number of dental hygienists employed throughout the state; it is 25th in the country, with 2,400 of these health professionals working in the state. Tennessee’s employment concentration is 12.386, compared to the national rate of 16.99, a 4.604 difference.
Dental Hygienist Salary in Tennessee by City
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Knoxville has the highest average annual salary for dental hygienists in Tennessee at $66,640, followed closely by Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin at $65,580. At the other end of the spectrum is Jackson ($55,440), followed by Cleveland ($51,810), which is the lowest paying city in Tennessee. As always, when looking for a job, you should take into consideration the overall average salary in a city, as well as the cost of living. This can affect whether a lower salary is adequate for living in a certain area and even if a higher salary may or may not be enough for living in another area. So do not dismiss Jackson and Cleveland as possible places to work.
Dental Hygienist Salary in Tennessee by Area
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The North Central Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area has the highest average annual salary, at $61,480, of the four major regions in Tennessee. In contrast, the Western Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area has the lowest salary of the four regions at $48,950. The average salaries of the Eastern and the South Central Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Areas lie between the above two regions.