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Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventative dental care.  Dental hygienists also examine patients’ teeth and gums and record the presence of diseases or abnormalities and educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health. Almost all dental hygienists work in dentists’ offices. Hygienists work closely with dentists and dental assistants.

Quick Facts 

State Statistics

​Entry-Level ​Average ​Experienced
​2012 Annual Pay: ​$41,935 ​$59,091 ​$67,671
​2012 Hourly Pay: ​$20.16 ​$28.40 ​$32.54
​2011 Estimated Employment: ​8,988 jobs
​2019 Projected Employment: ​11,765 jobs
​Annual Average Percent Change: ​3.9% per year
​2012 Estimated Mean Annual Salary for Leon County: ​​$53,432
​ ​ ​ **State Quick Facts are from O*Net, Career One Stop and Employ Florida, please check the sites for the most up to date information.**​ ​


 National Statistics

​2010 Median Annual Pay: ​$68,250 per year
​2010 Median Hourly Pay: ​$32.81 per hour
​Number of Jobs (2010): ​181,800
​Job Outlook (2010 - 2020): ​38% (much faster than average)
​**National Quick Facts are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational ​Outlook Handbook, please check the site for the most up to date information**


Ready to start your career?

TCC Programs that are right for you:
Dental Hygiene, A.S. (2101) 

Contact Information

For more information contact Admissions & Enrollment Services by phone (850) 201-8555, fax (850) 201-8474 or e-mail

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