Dental Hygiene Schools and Careers in Texas

How to become a Dental Hygienist in Texas

If you are interested in training to become a dental hygienist in Texas you will need to graduate from an accredited dental hygiene program.

Requirements for entry into accredited programs include a high school diploma or equivalent and, depending on the school, you may need to pass entrance exams and complete an entry interview. Medical and legal clearances may also be required.

Below we provide details of the top accredited dental hygienist programs in Texas, as well as licensing requirements and salary and employment data for the state.

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Listed below are some of the top dental hygiene schools and related programs near you.

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Top 25 Accredited Dental Hygienist Schools Texas

SchoolAreaMore Information
Amarillo CollegeAmarilloLearn More
Austin Community CollegeAustinLearn More
Lamar Institute of TechnologyBeaumontLearn More
Coastal Bend CollegeBeevilleLearn More
Howard CollegeBig SpringLearn More
Blinn CollegeBryanLearn More
Del Mar CollegeCorpus ChristiLearn More
Texas A & M UniversityDallasLearn More
El Centro CollegeDallasLearn More
Concorde Career CollegeDallasLearn More
Texas Woman's UniversityDentonLearn More
El Paso Community CollegeEl PasoLearn More
Texas State Technical CollegeHarlingenLearn More
The University of Texas School of DentistryHoustonLearn More
Pima Medical Institute, RentonHoustonLearn More
Houston Community College SystemHoustonLearn More
Tarrant County CollegeHurstLearn More
Lone Star CollegeKingwoodLearn More
Collin County Community CollegeMcKinneyLearn More
Concorde Career CollegeSan AntonioLearn More
University of Texas School of DentistrySan AntonioLearn More
Temple CollegeTempleLearn More
Tyler Junior CollegeTylerLearn More
Wharton County Junior CollegeWhartonLearn More
Midwestern State UniversityWichita FallsLearn More

Schools offering dental hygiene programs which have been accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) are recognized to maintain a high standard of education by the American Dental Association (ADA).

There are currently 25 CODA accredited programs in Texas.

Once you have graduated from an accredited program you will be required to sit some additional state and/or national certification exams before you are eligible to apply for your dental hygienist license.

You can also browse the map below for schools in your area.

Texas Dental Hygienist License Requirements

Once you have successfully graduated from an accredited program and have passed all additional certification exams it is a requirement of Texas law that you obtain a license to work as a dental hygienist there.

The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners governs the licensing of dental hygienists in Texas. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:

State Board: Texas State Board of Dental Examiners
Phone: (512) 463-6400
Website: http://www.tsbde.texas.gov

Dental Hygienist Salary in Texas

Salary$74,010
Hourly Wage$35.58
Bottom 10% of Earners$54,560
Top 10% of Earners$96,680
# Employed13,600

The average dental hygienist salary in Texas is $74,010 – 1% less than the national average of $74,680.

This represents an hourly wage of $35.58.

There are currently 13,600 persons employed as dental hygienists in the state.

Texas Dental Hygienist Employment and Salaries by Metro Area

It is a great time to train to become a dental hygienist in Texas given the strong salary levels and jobs growth for the career.

Dental hygiene salaries are among some of the highest in the healthcare industry and it is projected that an additional 30,000 positions will be created in the sector between 2016 and 2024 representing an almost 15% increase in employment.

The table below provides a breakdown of salaries and employment of dental hygienists across the main towns, cities and non metro areas in Texas;

AreaNumber EmployedSalary
Abilene, TX100$74,820
Amarillo, TX110$69,500
Austin-Round Rock, TX1,090$74,960
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX190$67,060
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX90$58,880
College Station-Bryan, TX90$68,230
Corpus Christi, TX280$67,730
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX4,300$76,580
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division3,130$75,990
El Paso, TX370$61,490
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division1,170$78,160
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX2,610$74,210
Killeen-Temple, TX80$76,740
Laredo, TXNot Avalable$73,290
Longview, TX110$68,070
Lubbock, TX160$56,990
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX340$67,120
Midland, TX120$72,660
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX1,530$70,260
Sherman-Denison, TX40$81,200
Tyler, TX180$67,350
Victoria, TXNot Avalable$62,850
Waco, TXNot Avalable$70,760
Wichita Falls, TXNot Avalable$72,230
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area130$73,650
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area280$63,850
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan areaNot Avalable$74,620
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area320$55,370
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area150$61,780

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Texas

The table below provides a comparison between income and employment of dental hygienists and related healthcare careers in Texas;

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Hygienists2,490$70,800
Physician Assistants990$98,050
Respiratory Therapists840$58,340
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers520$73,680
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics2,260$32,960
Pharmacy Technicians3,680$34,360
Surgical Technologists1,230$38,670
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians990$27,550
Home Health Aides2,880$24,450
Nursing Assistants10,680$23,960
Occupational Therapy Assistants80$59,540
Physical Therapist Assistants520$47,980
Massage Therapists1,300$33,910
Dental Assistants5,030$29,490
Medical Assistants7,270$30,180
Medical Transcriptionists340$30,850
Phlebotomists1,010$27,060

***Page Updated October 2018***