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Occupational Employment Statistics


29-1292 Dental Hygienists

Administer oral hygiene care to patients. Assess patient oral hygiene problems or needs and maintain health records. Advise patients on oral health maintenance and disease prevention. May provide advanced care such as providing fluoride treatment or administering topical anesthesia.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 42035$40.75/hr$38.28/hr$40.01/hr$40.62/hr$40.97/hr$46.49/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business Services370$47.93/hr
Education and Health Services4,380$41.42/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State 70$40.01/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 100$39.69/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 120$38.58/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 150$38.63/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 190$39.89/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 200$38.49/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 220$39.64/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 230$39.75/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 230$38.67/hr7.3%
Rochester MN MSA 250$40.80/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 280$39.90/hr6.8%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 340$39.37/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 370$40.70/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 420$40.62/hr7.1%
Southeast Minnesota 440$40.38/hr7.5%
Central Minnesota 510$40.64/hr6.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,850$42.30/hr7.5%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 3,160$42.26/hrN/A
Minnesota 4,800$41.51/hr7.3%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Dental Assistants 5,890$30.56/hr7.2%
Radiologic Technologists and Technicians 4,130$37.72/hr7.1%
Phlebotomists 1,250$20.04/hr15.5%

  • Clean calcareous deposits, accretions, and stains from teeth and beneath margins of gums, using dental instruments.
  • Record and review patient medical histories.
  • Feel and visually examine gums for sores and signs of disease.
  • Chart conditions of decay and disease for diagnosis and treatment by dentist.
  • Examine gums, using probes, to locate periodontal recessed gums and signs of gum disease.
  • Provide clinical services or health education to improve and maintain the oral health of patients or the general public.
  • Feel lymph nodes under patient's chin to detect swelling or tenderness that could indicate presence of oral cancer.
  • Expose and develop x-ray film.
  • Maintain dental equipment and sharpen and sterilize dental instruments.
  • Expose and develop x-ray film.