Dental hygiene by the numbers

328

Number of entry-level dental hygiene programs.2

55

Approximate number of degree completion programs in dental hygiene (bachelor).3  

21

Number of master's degree programs in dental hygiene.4    

95.8

Percentage of dental hygiene students who are women.1  

4.2

Percentage of dental hygiene students who are men.1  

70

Percentage of dental hygiene programs that use college science GPA as part of the criteria in admissions procedures.1  

17

The rank of a dental hygienist in the U.S. News & World Report  2018 "100 Best Jobs” list.

19

The employment growth percentage for dental hygienists through 2024 as projected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

72,910

The median salary ($) of a dental hygienist, according to the U.S. News & World Report  2018 "100 Best Jobs” list.


  1. 2012-13 ADA Survey of Allied Dental Education
  2. Commission on Dental Accreditation list of Allied Programs
  3. ADEA list of Degree Completion Programs in Dental Hygiene
  4. ADEA list of Graduate Programs in Dental Hygiene