Occupational Employment Statistics


29-2021 Dental Hygienists

Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop x rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 38049$35.69/hr$26.69/hr$30.03/hr$35.36/hr$40.84/hr$47.37/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services5,100$36.09/hr
Public Administration40$32.27/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 40$33.67/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 50$35.69/hr12.4%
Northeast Balance of State 80$33.26/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 150$35.55/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 160$33.29/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 170$35.30/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 200$35.89/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 220$31.25/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 250$35.93/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 250$33.16/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 260$29.80/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 270$30.61/hr-3.7%
Southwest Minnesota 330$35.61/hr-1.9%
Northwest Balance of State 360$35.96/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 380$35.36/hr2.2%
Southeast Minnesota 460$34.45/hr12.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 3,240$36.70/hr9.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 3,520$36.63/hrN/A
Minnesota 5,160$36.07/hr8.2%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Dental Assistants 5,730$24.42/hr8.3%
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other 1,140$26.30/hr14.9%
Radiologic Technologists and Technicians 4,960$32.60/hr14.6%

  • 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.