The average dental hygienist annual salary is $66,234.55; the average hourly wage is $31.84. This puts Virginia in 22nd place among the 50 states. Virginia’s average salary is very similar to Kansas, Montana, Iowa, and Vermont. Virginia is in 31st place with regard to the number of dental hygienists in the state. There are 1,660 hygienists employed in Virginia, slightly more than Oregon. There are 9.872 dental hygienists per one thousand jobs in Virginia, 7.118 lower than the national employment concentration.
Dental Hygienist Salary in Virginia by City
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Just like the different regions within the state have a wide range of variation in their average annual salary for dental hygienists, the cities also have a fairly wide range of salaries, as well. If you live close to Washington DC, dental hygienists will have the highest annual salary at close to $90,000. Charlottesville, with an average salary of $76,860, has the 2nd highest average annual salary in Virginia. Richmond ($74,090) and Roanoke ($71,420) are relatively close behind Charlottesville. Danville has the lowest average annual salary in Virginia at $54,980.
Dental Hygienist Salary in Virginia by Area
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Virginia’s different regions have a wide range of average annual salaries for dental hygienists. The Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division has the highest average salary by a great deal. It is $91,800 is this region, about $24,000 higher than the national average. The Northwestern Virginia Nonmetropolitan Area has the lowest annual salary ($55,260), which is a difference of almost $37,000. Most likely this difference is a result of the fact that the first region is a metropolitan area, with higher populations and probably more educated people. The second region is a nonmetropolitan area, which would include more rural, less populated areas that have less educated people and therefore lower average salaries for any profession. So to find the highest paying jobs, you probably would want to look in some of the more populated areas. There are some nonmetropolitan areas that have average annual salaries between these two extremes, so you’re bound to find a job that fits your needs.