Dental Hygienist Schools and Salaries in California CA

How to become a Dental Hygienist in California

If you are interested in training to become a dental hygienist in California 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 California, 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 27 Accredited Dental Hygienist Schools California

SchoolAreaMore Information
West Coast University, AnaheimAnaheimLearn More
Cabrillo CollegeAptosLearn More
West Los Angeles CollegeCulver CityLearn More
Cypress CollegeCypressLearn More
Fresno City CollegeFresnoLearn More
Concorde Career CollegeGarden GroveLearn More
Chabot CollegeHaywardLearn More
Loma Linda UniversityLoma LindaLearn More
Foothill CollegeLos Altos HillsLearn More
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USCLos AngelesLearn More
Moreno Valley CollegeMoreno ValleyLearn More
Southwestern College, Chula VistaNational CityLearn More
Cerritos CollegeNorwalkLearn More
San Joaquin Valley CollegeOntarioLearn More
Oxnard CollegeOxnardLearn More
Pasadena City CollegePasadenaLearn More
Diablo Valley CollegePleasant HillLearn More
Shasta College, ReddingReddingLearn More
Sacramento City CollegeSacramentoLearn More
Carrington CollegeSacramentoLearn More
Concorde Career CollegeSan BernardinoLearn More
Concorde Career CollegeSan DiegoLearn More
University of the PacificSan FranciscoLearn More
Santa Rosa Junior CollegeSanta RosaLearn More
Carrington CollegeSan JoseLearn More
Taft CollegeTaftLearn More
San Joaquin Valley CollegeVisaliaLearn 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 27 CODA accredited programs in California.

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.

California 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 California law that you obtain a license to work as a dental hygienist there.

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

State Board: The Dental Board of California
Phone: (916) 263-2300
Website: http://www.dbc.ca.gov

Dental Hygienist Salary in California

Salary$97,420
Hourly Wage$46.84
Bottom 10% of Earners$70,010
Top 10% of Earners$126,020
# Employed22,840

The average dental hygienist salary in California is $97,420  –  30% above the national average of $74,680.

This  represents an hourly wage of $46.84.

There are currently 22,840 persons employed as dental hygienists in the state.

California Dental Hygienist Employment and Salaries by Metro Area

It is a great time to train to become a dental hygienist in California 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 California;

AreaNumber EmployedSalary
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA 2150$91,660.00
Bakersfield, CA230$84,630.00
Chico, CA200$94,990.00
Fresno, CA330$86,200.00
Hanford-Corcoran, CA40$75,890.00
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA6870$95,410.00
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA 4720$97,120.00
Modesto, CA290$74,080.00
Napa, CA130$82,140.00
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA1580$102,160.00
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA610$93,980.00
Redding, CA80$88,350.00
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA1560$86,950.00
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA1970$94,910.00
Salinas, CANot Avalable$97,130.00
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA1510$84,480.00
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA2890$105,140.00
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA 1310$108,790.00
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA1340$95,710.00
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA240$93,370.00
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA340$98,300.00
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA210$93,950.00
Santa Rosa, CA270$89,130.00
Stockton-Lodi, CA260$92,600.00
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA210$101,640.00
Visalia-Porterville, CA190$83,020.00
Yuba City, CA60$89,490.00
Mother Lode Region of California 90$86,120.00
North Coast Region of California 100$89,780.00
North Valley Region of California Not Avalable$88,330.00
Northern Mountains Region of California 220$67,850.00

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in California

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

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Hygienists4550$78,980.00
Physician Assistants2330$97,330.00
Respiratory Therapists1770$58,590.00
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers860$80,300.00
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics4110$40,710.00
Pharmacy Technicians4980$33,870.00
Surgical Technologists1410$49,270.00
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians3230$30,530.00
Home Health Aides12210$26,190.00
Nursing Assistants18940$29,380.00
Occupational Therapy Assistants570$50,060.00
Physical Therapist Assistants1040$49,970.00
Massage Therapists4510$44,080.00
Dental Assistants6080$39,060.00
Medical Assistants9210$33,330.00
Medical Transcriptionists940$41,360.00
Phlebotomists1800$35,830.00

***Page Updated October 2018***