What is a dental hygienist?
The dental hygienist is a member of the dental health team who provides educational, preventive and therapeutic oral health services. Employment opportunities may be available in private dental practice, hospitals, public health agencies, educational institutions, and research. Salaries for dental hygienists vary depending on location and type of practice. The last reported survey from the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics dated May, 2017 shows that the median yearly salary for dental hygienists nationally was $74,070 and the median hourly salary was $35.61. In Indiana, the mean yearly salary was $69,340 and the mean hourly salary was $33.34.