Dental Hygiene Schools and Careers Massachusetts

How to become a Dental Hygienist in Massachusetts

If you are interested in training to become a dental hygienist in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts, as well as licensing requirements and salary and employment data for the state.

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Top 7 Accredited Dental Hygienist Schools Massachusetts

StateSchoolAreaMore Information
MassachusettsMCPHS UniversityBostonLearn More
MassachusettsBristol Community CollegeFall RiverLearn More
MassachusettsMount Wachusett Community College, GardnerGardnerLearn More
MassachusettsMiddlesex Community College, LowellLowellLearn More
MassachusettsRegis CollegeWestonLearn More
MassachusettsSpringfield Technical Community CollegeSpringfieldLearn More
MassachusettsCape Cod Community CollegeWest BarnstableLearn More
MassachusettsQuinsigamond Community CollegeWorcesterLearn 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 7 CODA accredited programs in Massachusetts.

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.

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

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

State Board: Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry
Phone: (617) 973-0971
Website: http://www.mass.gov/dph/boards/dn

Dental Hygienist Salary in Massachusetts

Salary$82,290
Hourly Wage$39.56
Bottom 10% of Earners$64,790
Top 10% of Earners$101,760
# Employed5,660

The average dental hygienist salary in Massachusetts is $82,290 – 10% above the national average of $74,680.

This represents an hourly wage of $39.56.

There are currently 5,660 persons employed as dental hygienists in the state.

Massachusetts Dental Hygienist Employment and Salaries by Metro Area

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

AreaNumber EmployedSalary
Barnstable Town, MA250$85,330.00
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH4590$80,240.00
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division2480$80,880.00
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division180$81,120.00
Framingham, MA NECTA Division440$83,390.00
Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH NECTA Division170$91,870.00
Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division220$65,590.00
Leominster-Gardner, MA120$88,470.00
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division310$86,700.00
Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, MA NECTA Division100$77,100.00
New Bedford, MA120$72,840.00
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division250$67,510.00
Pittsfield, MA90$73,510.00
Springfield, MA-CT610$83,660.00
Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, MA NECTA Division120$75,800.00
Worcester, MA-CT710$79,990.00
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area50$72,620.00

Related Healthcare Career Comparisons in Massachusetts

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

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Dental Hygienists9870$61,230.00
Physician Assistants4220$93,620.00
Respiratory Therapists3940$53,660.00
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers2460$59,810.00
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics6500$31,480.00
Pharmacy Technicians10870$30,020.00
Surgical Technologists3390$42,660.00
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians2900$31,300.00
Home Health Aides32100$22,210.00
Nursing Assistants49780$27,990.00
Occupational Therapy Assistants1090$48,530.00
Physical Therapist Assistants4020$46,890.00
Massage Therapists2130$45,140.00
Dental Assistants9160$34,900.00
Medical Assistants22790$29,900.00
Medical Transcriptionists2090$31,760.00
Phlebotomists2480$29,970.00

***Page Updated October 2018***