Dental Hygienist Schools, Licensing and Salary in Idaho

How to become a Dental Hygienist in Idaho

If you are interested in training to become a dental hygienist in Idaho 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 Idaho, 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 3 Accredited Dental Hygienist Schools Idaho

SchoolAreaMore Information
Idaho State UniversityPocatelloLearn More
College of Southern IdahoTwin FallsLearn More
Carrington CollegeBoiseLearn 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 3 CODA accredited programs in Idaho.

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.

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

The Idaho State Board of Dentistry governs the licensing of dental hygienists in Idaho. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:

State Board: Idaho State Board of Dentistry
Phone: (208) 334-2369

Dental Hygienist Salary in Idaho

Hourly Wage$35.81
Bottom 10% of Earners$60,170
Top 10% of Earners$94,660
# Employed1,650

The average dental hygienist salary in Idaho is $74,490  –  slightly below the national average of $74,680.

This  represents an hourly wage of $35.81.

There are currently 1,650 persons employed as dental hygienists in the state.

Idaho Dental Hygienist Employment and Salaries by Metro Area

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

AreaNumber EmployedSalary
Boise City, ID730$70,780.00
Coeur d'Alene, ID130$87,100.00
Idaho Falls, ID160$73,220.00
Lewiston, ID-WA50$78,880.00
Pocatello, ID90$67,450.00
Panhandle of Idaho nonmetropolitan area70$66,970.00
Southwest Idaho nonmetropolitan area30$70,290.00
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area100$72,290.00
Southeast Idaho nonmetropolitan area90$72,260.00

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Idaho

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

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Hygienists7820$69,880.00
Physician Assistants2900$88,650.00
Respiratory Therapists4930$54,430.00
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers2150$74,710.00
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics12060$42,380.00
Pharmacy Technicians19160$30,210.00
Surgical Technologists2750$44,870.00
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians3640$32,940.00
Home Health Aides32300$23,640.00
Nursing Assistants59550$26,080.00
Occupational Therapy Assistants2100$59,590.00
Physical Therapist Assistants4540$53,090.00
Massage Therapists3400$37,460.00
Dental Assistants13200$37,120.00
Medical Assistants18420$31,970.00
Medical Transcriptionists1580$35,340.00

***Page Updated October 2018***



Idaho ) is a state in the northwestern region of the United States. It borders the state of Montana to the east and northeast, Wyoming to the east, Nevada and Utah to the south, and Washington and Oregon to the west.
Area: 83,797 sq mi
Population: 1,754,208