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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
Southwest Minnesota 28028$42.81/hr$38.21/hr$39.19/hr$40.81/hr$47.04/hr$50.14/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business Services210$50.75/hr
Education and Health Services4,740$46.02/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 80$39.95/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 90$42.90/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 100$41.60/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 140$39.41/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 180$43.38/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 220$39.41/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 230$43.67/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 240$39.46/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 250$40.88/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 260$40.29/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 280$40.58/hr7.3%
Southwest Minnesota 280$40.81/hr6.8%
Northwest Balance of State 350$41.38/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 400$41.34/hr7.1%
Southeast Minnesota 400$40.94/hr7.5%
Central Minnesota 550$46.12/hr6.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 3,020$46.86/hr7.5%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 3,330$46.86/hrN/A
Minnesota 4,990$46.13/hr7.3%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Dental Assistants 6,000$31.16/hr7.2%
Radiologic Technologists and Technicians 4,120$38.73/hr7.1%
Phlebotomists 1,360$20.86/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.