Alabama Dental Hygiene Programs and Salaries

Top Programs, Licensing, Income and Employment Data

Dental Hygiene Schools AlabamaIf a career as a Dental Hygienist in Alabama strongly appeals to you then you will be glad to know that average salary levels for Dental Hygienist in the USA are among some of the highest in the healthcare industry.

There is also strong job growth in the sector with an additional 30,000 positions expected to be created between 2016 and 2024 representing an almost 15% increase in employment.

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Accredited Dental Hygienist Schools in Alabama

Wallace State CollegeHancevilleDental Hygiene Program (Associate Degree)
Fortis InstituteBirminghamDental Hygiene Program (Associate Degree)

In order to become a Dental Hygienist in Alabama it is a requirement that you have graduated from an accredited Dental Hygiene School. There are just two accredited schools in Alabama offering entry level Dental Hygienists programs listed by the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA);

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Alabama Dental Hygienist License Requirements

Once you have graduated from an accredited program it is required by Alabama law that you obtain a license to work as a Dental Hygienist there. The Alabama Board of Dental Examiners governs the licensing of Dental Hygienists in Alabama. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:

Phone: (334) 269-9990

Dental Hygienist Salary in Alabama

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The average Dental Hygienist salary in Alabama is $44,400. This represents an hourly wage of $21.34 and is 39% less than the national average. Those in Washington DC earn the most of all in the USA with an average salary of $98,530.

In 2015 there where 3,040 persons employed as Dental Hygienists in Alabama.

Dental Hygienist Salary Alabama

The table below illustrates key data for the main cities and metropolitan areas in Alabama;

AreaNumber EmployedHourly WageSalary
Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL90$24.53$51,020
Huntsville, AL370$24.20$50,330
Dothan, AL140$23.18$48,210
Tuscaloosa, AL110$22.99$47,810
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area110$22.39$46,560
Decatur, AL120$22.37$46,520
Auburn-Opelika, AL100$21.68$45,080
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area240$21.45$44,610

The table below compares key data for Dental Hygienists with other entry level healthcare and healthcare assisting roles in Alabama;

CareerNumber EmployedHourly WageSalary
Dental Hygienists3,040$21.34$44,400
Physician Assistants520$44.83$93,240
Respiratory Therapists2,170$22.56$46,930
Ultrasound Tech1,010$26.19$54,470
EMT Paramedic3,610$13.90$28,910
Pharmacy Technicians7,350$13.23$27,520
Surgical Technologists1,680$17.11$35,590
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians910$14.03$29,180
Home Health Aides4,860$9.48$19,720
Nursing Assistants22,740$10.65$22,150
Occupational Therapy Assistants500$27.04$56,240
Physical Therapist Assistants1,860$25.25$52,520
Massage Therapists340$16.11$33,520
Dental Assistants3,410$15.02$31,240
Medical Assistants6,660$12.86$26,740
Medical Transcriptionists850$16.47$34,250



Alabama is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west.
Area: 52,419 sq mi
Population: 4,887,871