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Want to work in Illinois as a Dental Hygienist? Read this first!

9.2% Jobs Projection
$74,210 Median Salary
580 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Dental Hygienists in Illinois are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Dental Hygienists in Illinois is growing faster than average.

  • Dental Hygienists in Illinois earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Dental Hygienists Work in Illinois?

There were approximately 9,450 workers employed as Dental Hygienists in this state in 2018.

There were 9,510 Dental Hygienists employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 60 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 2,900 Dental Hygienists working in it, which means Illinois has more Dental Hygienists than average.


Job Projections for Illinois

Jobs for Dental Hygienists in this state are growing at a rate of 9.2% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 19.7%.


Illinois Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 580 annual job openings, and a total of 9,050 jobs for Illinois Dental Hygienists in 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 17,500 annual jobs and 248,900 total jobs in 2026.

What do Dental Hygienists Make in Illinois?

In 2018 wages for Dental Hygienists ranged from $50,760 to $97,170 with $74,210 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $24.4 to $46.72. The median hourly rate was $35.68.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $35.35 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.33.

The median salary in Illinois is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top Illinois Metros for Dental Hygienists

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Dental Hygienists.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 7,250 $76,480
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,440 $66,550
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 410 $62,240
Peoria, IL 300 $61,290
Rockford, IL 290 $76,960
Champaign-Urbana, IL 200 $58,180
Springfield, IL 190 $75,010
Bloomington, IL 130 $73,140
Kankakee, IL 90 $72,000
Carbondale-Marion, IL 70 $65,780
Decatur, IL 50 $54,760

Top States for Dental Hygienists Employment

The table below shows the states where most Dental Hygienists work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 22,240 $102,510
Texas 13,850 $75,640
New York 11,300 $77,210
Florida 11,110 $66,470
Pennsylvania 9,640 $66,070
Michigan 9,510 $64,660
Illinois 9,450 $74,210
Ohio 8,930 $69,140
Georgia 6,910 $66,330
North Carolina 6,670 $70,720
New Jersey 6,290 $88,300
Washington 6,010 $92,820
Virginia 5,990 $81,240
Massachusetts 5,900 $83,880
Minnesota 5,160 $73,740
Indiana 4,900 $69,700
Wisconsin 4,810 $66,180
Colorado 4,470 $86,850
Connecticut 3,990 $87,890
Missouri 3,960 $70,080

Below are the states where Dental Hygienists get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Alaska $116,730
California $102,510
Washington $92,820
Arizona $89,540
Maryland $89,380
New Jersey $88,300
Connecticut $87,890
Nevada $87,850
Colorado $86,850
Oregon $86,160

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